The betting shops might be closed and the sporting calendar lies bare but betting firms have been doing their bit in the efforts to combat the pandemic.

The charitable foundation run by Bet365 CEO Denise Coates has donated GB£ 10 million to the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM).

The Virtual Grand National held at the start of April, with an audience of over 4 million people, raised GB£ 2.6 million for NHS Charities Together, with all losing bets being donated to the cause by UK bookmakers.

Just before the Easter weekend, Paddy Power hosted an online soft-tip darts match between great rivals Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

In the best of 13 legs contest, Paddy Power donated GB£ 1,000 to the NHS charity Heroes for every 180 scored by the players. The match went the full 13 legs and GB£ 15,000 was raised.

GBGC would welcome any other examples from around the world of the gambling sector contributing to the fight against COVID-19.