In the news - Oxfam wins at Wimbledon

After a promising start, Andy Murray lost in the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer yesterday.  Whilst much of the 16.9 million strong UK audience held their heads in despair, Oxfam staff and supporters must have found it difficult to contain their glee as Murray’s loss resulted in a £100k pay-out to the charity. 

In the news: Teaching resources - 9 July

Oxfam wins Wimbledon


After a promising start, Andy Murray lost in the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer yesterday. While many of the 16.9 million-strong UK audience held their heads in despair, Oxfam staff and supporters must have found it difficult to contain their glee as Murray’s loss resulted in a £100,000 pay out to the charity.

The jackpot was due to a forward-thinking Oxfordshire man, Nick Newlife, who placed a £1,520 bet in 2003 that Roger Federer would net seven Wimbledon titles by 2019. When Mr Newlife passed away he bequeathed the betting slip to Oxfam, whose loyalties were split during yesterday’s match.

Oxfam’s Andrew Barton said "It's just so unfortunate that he nailed it against Andy Murray. I was just sitting there watching and I kept finding myself calling for Murray, particularly in that long game in the third set. And then my head is telling me: Andrew, remember Oxfam gets the money if Federer wins."

The windfall will go towards Oxfam’s continuing work. "Right now there is a very serious food crisis in West Africa. This donation of £100,000 will enable Oxfam to bring food to 10,000 families for an entire month. We hope Mr Newlife’s legacy – and Federer’s win – will inspire other people to support Oxfam and our West Africa appeal."




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