Since our formation the Foxes Trust has had a policy of refusing any sponsorship or paid for advertising on our website from companies who offer any sort of gambling/betting services.
We were saddened to hear of the case of Luke Ashton, a massive Leicester City fan who took his life earlier this year as a result of his gambling disorder. Since Luke’s death, his wife Annie has tirelessly campaigned to end so-called ‘Free Bets’, which were clearly a contributing factor in Luke’s addiction. Annie has launched a petition, called Luke’s Law #Lukeslaw https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/587806
Annie has organised an event this weekend as she explains:
We have decided to organise a 5K walk ‘Light Up for Luke’s Law’ *route to be confirmed* to help gain signatures on #Luke’sLaw petition as well as also give us an opportunity to raise money for the ‘Gambling with Lives’ charity who have been an absolute life line for me and my family at this very difficult time.
The event will involve a 5K walk wearing the brightest colours (t- shirts can be purchased closer to the day, if preferred) and Glow sticks/lights/neon face paint/glitter/anything bright that will draw attention to us on our mission to raise awareness and of course gain important signatures for our petition.
The event will be held on 2nd October, which is Luke Ashton’s birthday, and will therefore be a very special day for us. We will be finishing the event with a get together at Newfoundpool Working Men’s Club to mark the occasion with a Light Up for Luke’s Law drink event. We will be requesting a small ticket donation of £10 (children are free) for the event where you will also receive a #Luke’sLaw TShirt.
Anyone can join in with the fundraising, can walk the 5K or donate money to a gofund page which will be set up to send any money raised directly to the charity, ‘Gambling with Lives’ on our behalf.
**The 5k walk will start Leicester Town Hall at 4pm and will involve walking passed the King Power stadium and eventually end at the venue.
Gambling with Lives is a charity that was set up by loved ones of people who took their life as a direct result of gambling
A specific campaign The Big Step has been launched to end gambling advertising and sponsorship in football and work with clubs to reduce harms