Racing tips and news: Bet4Causes defends failure to donate to sporting charities

• Bookie claimed a fifth of profits would go to good causes
• Chief executive says no net profits to distribute

A bookmaker which has used three sporting charities in its advertising for more than a year has defended its failure to pay anything to those charities during that time. Bet4Causes, an affiliate of Myclubbetting, claimed on its webpage and in print adverts published last year that 20% of its profits would be divided among World Horse Welfare, the Greatwood home for retired racehorses and Street Games, which brings sport to disadvantaged communities.

All three charities told the Guardian this week they had received no money from Bet4Causes, despite an association that began in February last year. “We’ve been chasing up about it this week because we haven’t received a penny,” said Helen Yeadon, a co-founder of Greatwood.

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