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.
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, or 10% of the charity’s total income.
To find out about some of the unusual legacies that have been left to Oxfam, and learn how you can leave your own legacy, click here.