Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, visited his local William Hill shop on Brooks Parade Green Lane in Goodmayes on Friday 12th April to meet with his local staff and in order to learn more about the issues affecting the betting industry, the industry’s economic contribution and to participate in a charity bet.
During his visit, Mike met with local members of staff, was shown a variety of betting and gaming activities available and was informed about the strict responsible gambling procedures which William Hill adhere to.
At the end of his visit, William Hill gave Mike a free £50 charity bet which would see any winnings going to a charity of Mike’s choice.
Mike decided to place his bet on West Ham drawing in their match against Southampton which took place on Saturday 13th April. Mike even bet on the exact score of 1-1. Demonstrating some exceptional West Ham knowledge Mike’s bet was a winner and netted him a total of £225 for charity.
Mike has named ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young’ (CRY) as his chosen charity who will shortly be receiving a cheque for the winnings.
Mike popped into his local William Hill on Green Lane again on Friday 12th July to be presented with a cheque by his local betting shop staff
Mike Gapes MP said,
“It was great to come and see for myself how a betting shop actually operates. I was interested to hear and learn more about the betting industry and was impressed with not only the range of service and activities provided, but also with the responsible procedures in place to tackle under-age and problem gambling.”
Lewis Rogers, William Hill’s Public Affairs Manager, commented,
“William Hill was very pleased to welcome local MP Mike Gapes to one of our shops to highlight the positive contribution we make to the local community. William Hill is proud of its economic contribution providing over 13 000 jobs across the UK with half of those jobs for women and a third for those aged 18-24.
We were particularly impressed by Mike’s football knowledge.”