A PUNTER who won £500 by betting on Donald Trump for president has handed the lot to a charity working with refugees.
Andrew Brown put £100 on Trump at odds of 5/1 following a tip by comedian Limmy.
The 33-year-old decided to donate the profits the Glasgow-based Refuweegee because they are the “exact opposite of what Trump believes in”.
Refuweegee said the donation was the single biggest they had received in their 10-month history.
Andrew, an auditor with KPMG, said he had a “horrible feeling” that Trump was going to win the election.
Andrew, who is from Edinburgh and now lives in Glasgow, thought the money would ease the pain if he was proved correct.
But when he woke up to find that Trump had won, he decided to take a different approach.
He said: “I started thinking what kind of charity stands for the exact opposite of what Donald Trump believes in… and then saw a tweet from a friend asking for donations for Refuweegee.
“I had a look at the website and it ticked all the boxes.”
He added: “The night before the results were announced I was reading the news and they kept saying Hillary has all but won it. It felt like Brexit all over again and I had this horrible feeling that trump was going to win.
“Limmy’s been tweeting for a while now about betting big on Trump, so I thought I might as well – as a kind of insurance policy.
“If I woke up and he’d won, at least I’d have make a bit of cash out of it, and it would have been £100 I’d be happy to lose.
“Turns out it didn’t make me feel any better at all.”
Selina Hales, the founder of Refuweegee, said the charity was delighted with Andrew’s donation.
She said: “This fits so well with our response to Trump winning the election, which is, ‘Let’s not whine, let’s organise. Let’s respond in the way we can.’
“We have been running for ten months and we rely entirely on crowdfunding and donations. This is the single biggest donation we have had.
“After Andrew’s donation, somebody else has already gone on and said it’s a great idea, they will also donate, so hopefully it’ll be a ripple effect.”
After deciding to donate, Andrew sent a tweet with his betting slip showing his £500 winnings to Limmy saying: “Cheers for the tip Limmy. £500 winnings donated in full to Refuweegee.”
Limmy retweeted the image of Andrew’s betting slip, and wrote: “Christ.”
Another user, Ricardo de Blanche, wrote: “You know what, good shout. I’m in and going to do the same thing. Every penny counts.”
Limmy made headlines earlier this week after telling people to bet on Trump despite pollsters and bookmakers heavily predicting a Clinton victory.
The Scots comedian, famous for his show Limmy’s World of Glasgow, had also previously predicted Brexit.