My mum is where it all began, shop manager and then shop helper. I’m following in my mother’s footsteps”
Neil’s Oxfam Legacy
My connection to Oxfam
Supporting development work is where my personal journey began. After my university career I decided, I was going to give a bit back and ended up teaching in Ghana. It was only for two and a half years but the experience it gave me has led me here and back to Oxfam.
Ghana opened my eyes to what can be done if you have the get up and go. And I could think of nothing better than to help Oxfam with some of the money my mother left me.
I have been on exactly one political march, the Make Poverty History march in 2005. It was a wonderful experience and I have lobbied my MP every year since then. This is something that mirrors Oxfam’s work abroad. The thing that they do with the money raised is that they give the local people a great voice to their government and get things done as a result.
We live in a global village, and we need to help one another. And a little help goes such a long way. My wife Dorothy and I both want to do our bit and that’s why we have mirror Wills, leaving 3% to Oxfam.