Stirling MP Steven Paterson has netted a cash boost for two local charities after a visit to a local bookmakers.
Mr Paterson was visiting the William Hill shop on Barnton Street in the town where he met with shop staff and representatives from ABB Scotland, the industry trade association, to find out more about measures to promote responsible gambling in betting shops, including a nationwide self exclusion scheme and new alerts on gaming machines.
During the visit, Mr Paterson was offered a £50 charity bet and scored a double win after picking Chelsea to beat West Ham and Chelsea’s Diego Costa to score. Costa clinched the win for Chelsea – and Mr Paterson – in the 89th minute of the game.
Mr Paterson will donate his winnings to Bannockburn House and ACE Cornton.
Steven Paterson said:
“I was delighted to be able to take the opportunity to visit William Hill in Stirling, meet with staff and learn about their business and the steps they take to ensure those visiting the bookies gamble responsibly.
“William Hill also offered me a free £50 bet, with any winnings to go to local causes, and thanks to the last minute goal in the Chelsea match, that one came in!”
Donald Morrison of ABB Scotland said:
“We were delighted to welcome Mr Paterson to the William Hill shop in Stirling where we discussed a series of initiatives the industry has introduced in recent years to promote responsible gambling. As a result of these measures, high street betting shops are now the safest place to bet responsibly. They also help support our local economy, contributing almost £1.5 million in taxes and business rates and supporting around 60 jobs in the Stirling area alone.”