Moral Mixdown – Samaritans and Paddy Power Betfair

Our ethical discussion this month looks at the recent news coverage criticising Samaritans,  the well-known British charity dedicated to helping reduce the feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead people to commit suicide. The criticism concerns its newly-formed links with the betting company Paddy Power Betfair, whose staff chose Samaritans as their Charity of the Year. Some people, including some families of those with gambling problems who took their own lives, say it is wrong to work with the firm. Samaritans say they want to help Paddy Power Betfair improve how it helps its customers who may be at risk.

Listen to what the smallVOICE team makes of it all at around 38’12 minutes in to September’s podcast.

Some links to news articles:
Samaritans Ireland says Paddy Power cash will help vulnerable gamblers (The Times)
Samaritans criticised over Paddy Power Betfair partnership (BBC News)

Information from Samaritans:
Samaritans’ work in the gambling industry


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