Betway is to make a £1,000 donation to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, after ex-England forward Jermain Defoe was left off this year’s Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) shortlist.
The current Bournemouth striker hit headlines up and down the country after building a heartening friendship youngster Bradley Lowery, who was bravely battling neuroblastoma and sadly passed away in July of this year
Following the release of the 12 name shortlist, Betway announced that it has rounded up the £628 staked on Defoe, and will make the donation to the charity.
After first revealing the news with a tweet that read “Following the announcement of the BBC #SPOTY shortlist, we’ll be rounding up the £628 staked on Jermain Defoe to £1,000 and donating it to @Bradleysfight.”
Betway’s Alan Alger, added: “Jermain Defoe’s support for Bradley Lowery and his family is one of the greatest shows of compassion we’ve seen this year.
“Still a high class footballer in his own right, Defoe attracted a number of bets in the SPOTY market for his efforts off the pitch, and many thought he should have at least made the shortlist.
“Bradley Lowery’s Fight continues to raise awareness and offer support to others and I’m sure our donation will be greatly received.”
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