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The Betting and Gaming Council is proud to once again sponsor Leicester Racecourse Veterans’ Day, which raises vital funds for a host of military charities.

This event is another opportunity for the BGC to give back to the veteran community that has sacrificed so much on behalf of this nation’s safety, security and prosperity.

As part of the BGC’s support, we will also be sponsoring the BGC Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Handicap Chase.

The second annual Leicester Racecourse Veterans’ Day will be held today (March 8).

Veterans are invited to enjoy a day of racing, where they are the guests of honour.

The BGC’s sponsorship of Veterans’ Day builds on the work we have already done to celebrate veterans and support military charities.

Our members have gifted nearly £750,000 to armed forces charities over recent years, including The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, SAS Regimental Association, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund after our members either handed profits or made donations following the flagship Britannia Stakes race held at Royal Ascot.

BGC members – large and small – have raised more than £6 million for good causes.

BGC Chairman, Brigid Simmonds OBE said: “As a very proud former Captain in the Women’s Royal Army Corps, it gives me enormous pleasure that the Betting and Gaming Council is able to once again sponsor Veterans’ Day at Leicester Racecourse this week, giving us another fantastic opportunity to salute this nation’s special ex-Forces community to salute this nation’s special Veterans Forces community.

“It is the very least we can do for a community that is too often overlooked in our society and yet gave so much for service to our country.

“Raising money for military charities is in the BGC’s DNA, we have done it from Day One, and I’m delighted we can confirm that support will continue next year.

“It is an honour to back this fantastic event which does so much good for our veteran community.”

Last year, through sponsorship, media rights and the levy, BGC members contributed around £380m to British horse racing.

This is part of a wider economic contribution our members make to UK plc, supporting 110,000 jobs, generating £7.1bn for the economy while raising £4.2bn in taxes.

The Betting and Gaming Council is the standards body representing over 90 per cent of the regulated betting and gaming industry in the UK, including bookmakers, casinos and bingo and online betting.

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