Simon Wilson, the owner and CEO of InTouch games, announced a donation of £500,000 to his local hospital’s NHS Trust. This contribution is going to support medical personnel in fighting COVID-19 at Russells Hall Hospital. The donation will cover some of the expenses for essential equipment that provides care for patients who are suffering from COVID-19. Apart from the financial grant, InTouch has also offered the Trust support with technical services.
InTouch Games Growth
InTouch Games has over 400 employees in Halesowen while continuing to expand both on a national and international level.
The history of InTouch dates back to 2001 when the company started as a manufacturer of slot machines and jukeboxes for land-based establishments.
In 2006, InTouch moved on to the online gaming industry and developed mobile casino software. The success of this system led to the company’s expansion that has not stopped ever since. In 2007, the company launched its first online brand, mFortune, with four games. Currently, the brand offers over 40 titles. Nowadays, InTouch runs several gaming brands, such as mFortune, Pocket Win, MrSpin, DrSlot, and Cashmo, and has a client base of 80,000 players daily.
In November 2019, the company launched its sixth brand, Casino 2020, with over 20 games. In total, InTouch offers over 130 games, including titles like Pirates Treasure Slots, Jackpot Big Top, and more. Besides this, the company can boast over 5 million dedicated users in the UK.
InTouch has a robust set of values that contributes to its steady expansion. The management of InTouch encourages its team to be innovative, passionate, and exceptional. The employees also pay a lot of attention to teamwork, prompt decision-making, and are encouraged to provide feedback. Another value that is at the core of the company is charity. This principle is all about sharing a part of the revenues to contribute to the community.
Simon Wilson Makes a Donation to the NHS Trust
Simon Wilson admitted that the coronavirus crisis is an unexpected challenge. He added that during such times it is more important than ever to support the National Health Service. Wilson shared memories of the medical staff of Russells Hall taking care of generations of his family members. He said that “it’s during these times that we really need to step in and support our National Health Service.”
Chair of the Dudley Group of the NHS Trust, Dame Yve Buckland, expressed gratitude for Simon’s act of goodwill. She said that the hospital and the NHS highly appreciate his donation and will make sure to put the funds to good use.
CEO of the Dudley Group, Diane Wake, shared her delight on the generous donation. She stated that the medical teams would decide what equipment is vital to provide what the staff and patients need at this time. She said that the personnel were overwhelmed with gratefulness by the contribution of the community and such individuals as Simon Wilson, including financial support, warm wishes, and fundraising efforts.
InTouch is well-known for its charity initiatives. The company gives back a part of its revenues to both local and international charity organizations, such as UNICEF, Save the Children, BBC Children in Need, and more. Currently, the main charity projects of InTouch are going on in the United Kingdom, Gambia, and Cambodia.
InTouch also participates in such projects as setting up solar panels to provide energy to remote communities and helping to find emergency accommodation for young people in need in Worcestershire.
InTouch is also involved in charity programs that deal with unhealthy gambling behavior, such as Responsible Gaming Trust and GamCare. During the coronavirus pandemic, these organizations might be needing more support than ever.
NHS is Concerned About Gamblers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
According to an NHS clinic in Leeds, there have been more referrals regarding gambling addiction in the duration of the outbreak, as people seem to have more free time. The lack of employment also goes hand in hand with stress and financial uncertainty. These factors attract both experienced players and new users to online gambling. While some are seeking a distraction, others are hoping to find a lucky solution for the crisis. The cancellation of sporting events also made users switch from betting to online gambling.
NHS’ “Clap for Carers” Charity
Luckily, during the ongoing health crisis, when a lot of patients need treatment and psychological support, NHS is receiving a great deal of aid from the local community. For instance, as part of the “Clap for Carers” program, citizens are praising the medical workers’ contribution to fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
In April, people across the UK were joining the flash mob from their windows and balconies to applaud the medical personnel. The initiative is seeking to raise £5m for the staff of the NHS. The campaign is aiming for at least 1 million donations of £5 each for the funding of medical equipment, food supply, overnight stays, and other essential needs for the patients affected by the pandemic.
Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, admitted that she and others were deeply touched by the response of the public and the support that NHS received throughout the campaign. She added that she hopes that the initiative would inspire people to donate for the right cause and contribute to the battle against COVID-19.
NHS Charities Together has also received funds from the bookmakers that gained profit from the Virtual Grand National. NHS Charities Together will also be partnering with captains of Premier League clubs and creating a charitable fund to seek £4 million in donations.
Additionally, Dame Vera Lynn has recorded a duet with Katherine Jenkins, named “We’ll Meet Again.” The Queen’s speech to the nation on the 5th of April became an inspiration for the song. All the profits that the single will raise will also go to NHS Charities Together.