Industry funded charity GambleAware announced that it has raised a record-breaking eight million pounds in the last year.
Dedicated to helping broaden public understanding of problem gambling, the charity acts as the commissioner of research, education and treatment services across the country, ensuring funds are allocated and spent both efficiently and effectively.
“Our aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and to ensure those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support,” said Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware.
GambleAware fund a network of charities across Great Britain which provide a full range of free treatment for problem gamblers and support for those affected by them, amongst these are the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic, Gam- Care and the Gordon Moody Association.
“Our aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and to ensure those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support”
The charity is funded by donations from the gambling industry. It aims to raise a minimum of ten million each year, a target set by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.
This donation-based system was proposed under the 2005 Gambling Act and is prescribed by the UK Gambling Commission.
The charity is currently urging operators to help them reach their target, which they are two million shy of this year.