Tennis Championships Raise Huge Sum for Wimbledon Foundation

£600,000 will go to supporting its efforts in the local community and beyond

Volunteers from Waste Not Want Not Battersea planting flowers donated by the Foundation
Volunteers from Waste Not Want Not Battersea planting flowers donated by the Foundation

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced that this year’s Championships raised over half a million pounds in donations for the Wimbledon Foundation.

Over £600,000 was raised during the Fortnight, which will go towards supporting the Foundation in all its activities in the local community and beyond.

More than £130,000 was generated through The Championships’ first ever reusable cup deposit scheme, after spectators were given the option to donate their £1 reusable cup deposit to the Foundation.

The Ticket Resale scheme raised £234,000. The Championships’ Official Banking partner, HSBC, further supported this figure with £170,000, taking the total amount raised to £404,000.

A further £100,000 was received from Keith Prowse, Official Hospitality provider to The Championships, which makes a contribution to the Foundation for every hospitality package sold.

The proceeds from the resale of used balls and tickets to Qualifying raised additional funds for the Wimbledon Foundation.

The Wimbledon Foundation has distributed more than £3 million in the last year to local, national, and international charities.

This includes £250,000 in donations to the British Red Cross and DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to support those affected by the Ukraine crisis, and around £1 million to support local charities and community groups in Merton and Wandsworth.

Beyond grant funding, the Wimbledon Foundation also makes in-kind donations to groups from across the community. This year, the Foundation has donated plants from The Championships to local charities and community groups. These include Merton Connected, Polka Theatre, Deen City Farm, Spires London, St George’s Hospital, St Raphael’s Hospice, Thrive, and Waste Not Want Not Battersea.

Staff from the All England Lawn Tennis Club delivering plants donated by the Wimbledon Foundation to Thrive gardening charity.
Staff from the All England Lawn Tennis Club delivering plants donated by the Wimbledon Foundation to Thrive gardening charity

The Foundation also welcomed almost 2,000 specials guests from the local community this year throughout the Fortnight. That included 1,300 Ukrainian, Syrian and Afghan refugees who have settled locally, as well as 600 guests from 40 supported charities and community organisations.

Paige Murphy, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation, said, “This year’s Championships was special. Not just the tennis on display and the stories this provided, but for us at the Wimbledon Foundation. We were delighted to have The Championships back at full capacity again, and for the Foundation to welcome so many guests from the local community, including charities and refugees, helping them to experience the magic of Wimbledon.

“Every year, the Foundation invests around £1 million in our local community, across Merton and Wandsworth, and the success of the initiatives at this year’s Fortnight will allow us to maintain this commitment. Harnessing the collective strength of Wimbledon to change people’s lives.”

Beau Fadahunsi, Head of Development and Volunteering at Merton Connected, a recipient of the plant donations, said, “We are so grateful to the Wimbledon Foundation for their donation of plants, following this year’s Championships. We managed to squeeze 67 individual plants into our facility which has already made a significant impact in fast-tracking the development of our Wellbeing Garden which will be a sacred space for many. As the garden continues to take shape, we look forward to watching the plants flourish and be enjoyed by members of the local community.”

Hilary O’Connor, Head of Operations at Polka Theatre, said, “Polka Theatre wishes to extend its thanks to the Wimbledon Foundation for its generous donation of plants. The plants have collectively made a noticeable difference to the offices and open spaces at Polka Theatre, and our staff are charmed by the beauty they have brought to the work environment.”

August 29, 2022

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