Sky Betting & Gaming boss delighted at charitable efforts

Sky Betting & Gaming boss delighted at charitable efforts

Monday, November 14, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
Operator smashed past original fundraising target of £20,000

Sky Betting & Gaming CEO Richard Flint has expressed his delight at the gaming operator’s latest charitable endeavour after it bypassed its expectations.

A host of businesses from across Yorkshire gathered at the Royal Armouries last week to attend the first ever Sky Betting & Gaming charity gala ball, celebrating the culmination of a year of fundraising in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Flint told TotallyGaming.com: “We were delighted to exceed our initial fundraising target and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout a tremendous year of fundraising for a such a superb charity.”

Hundreds of employees at the company have raised thousands of pounds during the year, participating in events from cycling sportives, London to Paris bike rides, Tough Mudders, half marathons and raffles. TV star Rachel Riley announced the company had already exceeded its original fundraising target of £20,000 to over 700 guests from across the region, which included regional tech, creative, hospitality and professional services businesses. The night itself raised an additional £16,218 of much-needed funds.

It’s the first time the company - which is recognised as one of the fastest growing in the UK - has held an event of this kind following its independence from Sky.

Flint added: “It’s been an incredible year, not only because we’ve managed to smash our target in support of a vital ward at Leeds General Infirmary, but also because it’s brought people from all areas of the business together with some of the best businesses in Yorkshire. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Siobhan Dunn, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, commented: “It’s thank to support from companies such as Sky Betting & Gaming that we can be there at every stage for the seven young people age 13 to 24 who are diagnosed with cancer each day. The funds will go towards specialist outreach teams or nurses and youth support workers and help us in reaching our goal of helping every young person in the UK with cancer by 2020.”

Totally Gaming says: Given the extremely negative public perception of the gambling industry, initiatives such as these by Sky Betting & Gaming need to be celebrated and publicised. Raising money for charity is the perfect way to show how the industry can be socially responsible.

Picture Caption: Heather Bowen of Teenage Cancer Trust, Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming, Christine Jason of Teenage Cancer Trust, Rachel Riley of Sky Sports Friday Night Football

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