Brothers in Arms will be a winner if Rocky Creek does well in Grand National

CHARITY BET: Hayley Lownie from Ladbrokes in Sunderland places the charity bet.

CHARITY BET: Hayley Lownie from Ladbrokes in Sunderland places the charity bet.

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A WORTHY charity in Sunderland will scoop a cash windfall if the Echo’s horse is one of the first to cross the line in tomorrow’s Grand National.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes, in the city’s Holmeside, has kindly provided the Echo with a £50 charity bet in the hope of benefitting a local cause.

We’ve placed £25 each way on Rocky Creek – with odds of 10/1 – with a prospect of scooping up to £250 for our chosen charity, Brothers in Arms.

The organisation was set to build a lasting tribute to servicemen and women from Sunderland and East Durham who have died in combat or training since 1946.

It continues to support serving and former armed services personnel from the area through a number of projects.

It will receive some money if Rocky Creek is one of the first four horses to cross the finish line in the famous steeplechase at Aintree, in Liverpool.

Gavin Foster, managing editor of the Sunderland Echo, said: “We’re very grateful to Ladbrokes for this kind offer and we’ll have our fingers crossed tomorrow that Rocky Creek comes in as a winner.

“Brothers in Arms is a fantastic local cause that does a lot of great work to help the people of the town and we’d love to be able to help them continue this work by winning them some cash.”

We’re backing Rocky Creek, but Ladbrokes say they’re expecting lots of bets for another horse.

A spokesman for the betting shop said: “Bookmakers brace themselves for McCoy fever - punters across the country are expected to back Tony McCoy’s mount, Shutthefrontdoor in the Grand National as he has his final ride in the event, should he win the bookmakers will take a severe bashing.”