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Why Oxfam's rooting for Roger Federer: there's £100,000 in it

Posted by Al Kinley Digital Influencer

25th Jun 2012

Oxfam's rooting for an Andy Murray-Roger Federer final Wimbledon this year. Here's why.

Charities are known for receiving strange gifts in people's Wills, and Oxfam is no exception.

Oxfam supporter Nicholas Newlife left his entire estate to Oxfam when he died in February 2009. This included the outcomes of a series of outstanding bets he had placed. Oxfam has already received £16,750 from one of his bets, when he placed £250 on Roger Federer to win at least 14 Grand Slam titles before 2020 (at odds of 66/1). Another of Mr Newlife's bets was on Federer to win Wimbledon seven times before 2020 - and, having won six times already, Federer stands to win Oxfam a fortune this year. We're hoping for a Murray-Federer final so that, either way, Wimbledon turns out to be a big win for Oxfam and our UK supporters!

Legacies (people leaving gifts in their Wills) are extremely important to Oxfam and, as Mr Newlife shows, they can come in all shapes and sizes. Oxfam benefits from the generosity of around 600 legacies a year - that's £13m.

Every time someone leaves a gift in their Will, whether it's a few pounds or a few thousand pounds, it helps make a difference to millions of lives around the world. For example, £500 could provide twenty basic latrines, such as those Oxfam sent after the Haiti earthquake. And £3,700 could equip an entire special needs school with teaching and learning aids.

Unusual legacies we've received

  • A pair of gold teeth and a dentist's chair from a former dentist
  • The royalties from a number of books and plays, including Doctor Finlay's Casebook, which was on TV from 1962 to 1971
  • A letter written by Florence Nightingale, which was sold for several hundred pounds at auction
  • Racing greyhounds
  • Shares in the original Woolwich Arsenal Football Club. The shares had been overlooked in 1920 and were traced through four subsequent estates. When they were finally sold in 2009, each share was worth £6,965.

Oxfam has received the proceeds from sales of art collections and antique furniture, and gifts of jewellery, books and clothes. Whenever possible we arrange for these to be sold in our shops. In the case of antique furniture, Oxfam relies on the expertise of auctioneers to value the items and get the best possible price for them in auction. Perhaps the most attractive item sold on behalf of Oxfam in an auction was a Regency Chaise Longue, which sold for £8,000.

Leaving a gift to Oxfam in your Will is a very easy way of ensuring the work you believe in can continue into the future. If you'd like any help or advice on making a Will and leaving a legacy, please talk to our legacy team on 0300 200 1331 or visit our legacy pages.

Other ways to donate to Oxfam

Blog post written by Al Kinley

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