UK bookmakers that took part in the Virtual Grand National, will donate their £2.6M profit to NHS charities to aid the fight against the Coronavirus. Broadcasted on last Sunday on ITV, it was a computer-simulated event staged after the initial Grand National was canceled. It had a peak audience of 4.8 million viewers which is nearly one-third of all viewers in the UK during the 30-minute broadcast.
This is the third year that ITV has aired the virtual race, but this year because of COVID-19, there was no real race to follow. With most racing, sports events and competitions have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. British bookmakers were not only more than happy to offer this opportunity to their punters, but also announced they will donate the profits from the event to a range of NHS charities. BGC members have commented that the profit made by bets placed in Ireland will be donated to Irish charities, such as the Irish Red Cross.
The renowned bookmaker, Coral reported that individual bets were around £2, and according to the statistics, the event attracted a large number of wagers.
The BGC described the event positively as a “much needed light relief” and expressed hope that winners will donate some of their profits as well.