Staff at a casino in Coventry are celebrating this week, after a big casino charity night managed to raise a huge £1 million for the Marie Curie Cancer Care foundation. The Grosvenor G Casino at the Ricoh Arena took part in a series of events from 2010 onwards to try and raise the figure, which will be an extremely useful gift to the charity and will really make a difference to the work that they can do.
As well as having themed events and encouraging people to play slot machine games or table games for special causes at certain times, a lot of different techniques were used to raise the money and to get the fund started. Staff undertook a one thousand mile bike ride from Aberdeen to Brighton, sharing the duties along the way with people sponsoring them to reach the finish line, in one of their biggest pushes to raise the cash; other events included Be Gorgeous nights, as well as poker nights with buy ins going to the charity and even the chance to play ‘extreme poker’ in some unusual locations.
It was all part of a fundraising partnership which was formed between the Rank Group, which owns Grosvenor Casinos, and the charity, which is very pleased to have been given such a large donation. The funds will be the equivalent of fifty thousand hours of free Marie Curie nursing care for people that are suffering from a terminal illness, which can really make all the difference to the last months of their lives. Casino general manager, Paul Davies, said: “I’d like to say a massive thanks to our team members for giving up their time and putting so much effort into raising money. Also, let’s not forget our kind-hearted customers who were nothing short of fantastic when it came to getting behind the team’s efforts.” Such a generous gift also shows that casinos can have a real bit of heart to them, unlike their normal image in the press of being money hungry and bad for the areas in which they are built.