Grand gesture by bookies

Hartlepool Mail reporter Mark Thompson hands over his �50 charity bet to Chisholm bookmaker manager Phil Allison. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Mail reporter Mark Thompson hands over his �50 charity bet to Chisholm bookmaker manager Phil Allison. Picture by FRANK REID

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GENEROUS bookmakers have donated a £50 charity bet to a hospice after the Hartlepool Mail’s horse fell in the Grand National.

Chisholm Bookmakers gave the Mail £50 to bet on last Saturday’s big race with any winnings going to Hartlepool & District Hospice.

But our chosen runner, Becauseicouldntsee, unseated its jockey Davy Condon at the eighth hurdle of the Aintree Racecourse.

Now, as a gesture of goodwill, bosses at Chisholm Bookmakers, which is based at Middle Warren Local Centre, near the Tall Ships pub in Hartlepool, have agreed to hand over the £50 stake anyway.

Neil Chisholm, operations director of the bookies who also offered readers a free £2 flutter, said: “The horse that was chosen, Becauseicouldntsee, unseated its rider at the eighth fence, The Canal Turn, but we are delighted to support such a great charity.”

The Grand National was won by 33-1 shot Neptune Collonges, which was ridden by Daryl Jacob.

The Mail had joined forces with Chisholm Bookmakers to offer all readers a free £2 bet and almost 500 took up the offer on the biggest betting weekend of the year.