Ahead of the Grand National on Saturday 6th April, Sir David Amess MP visited Southend's Coral shop to place a £50 charity bet.
The Grand National is the world's most famous steeplechase and was watched by an estimated 60 million people this year, with around half the entire UK adult population placing a bet on the race. This year's race was won by the 4-1 favourite Tiger Roll, ridden by jockey Davy Russell. Tiger Roll becomes the first back-to-back winner of the Grand National since Red Rum over 45 years ago.
Sir David said 'The Grand National is one of those great sporting moment, when the whole nation comes together. Whilst I was unlucky with my punt on 'Regal Encore', I was delighted to visit my local betting shop to meet the staff and customers and that all winnings went to support local good causes. Many congratulations to Tiger Roll on an extraordinary feat, and well done to all those lucky winners.'
Grainne Hurst, Director of Responsible Gambling at GVC Holdings said 'I would like to thank Sir David for taking the time to visit us ahead of the Grand National. The Grand National is one of the busiest times of the year in our shops where lots of people go to have a small flutter and enjoy the racing. The Grand National is a great sporting occasion which we all enjoy