RNLI treasure hunting in order to keep saving lives at sea Published: 10 March, 2005
AS the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) celebrates 181 years* of saving lives at sea, an appeal is being launched for unwanted, and even broken, jewellery to help the charity continue its vital life saving work into its 182nd year.
Last year the RNLI’s annual jewellery appeal raised in excess of £80,000 for the lifeboat charity and since the first appeal began in 1986 the sale of unwanted jewellery and medals has brought in over half a million pounds (£530,000).
RNLI Appeal Organiser, Roy Norgrove, explains: “I would be delighted to receive any good quality items of jewellery and rings of all kinds, small objects d’art, brooches, bracelets, chains and watches that are no longer required. Gold and silver articles would be very
much appreciated, as would war medals and memorabilia, which are very
collectable at present.
“The RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews are always ready to exchange the comforts of home for high seas and the cold and wet when the call for help comes. So if you want to help RNLI volunteer crews to continue their vital lifesaving work, please send all your unwanted jewellery and collectables to me, Roy Norgrove, Jewellery Appeal Organiser, RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ.”
Previous donations to the appeal range from plastic ‘popper’ beads sold to universities to make DNA chains, to watches and war medals – all ‘trinkets and treasure’ welcome.
The RNLI’s annual running costs are around £110m – approximately £300,000 per day – and, as a registered charity, the organisation continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for income. The majority of RNLI crews are volunteers whose everyday jobs can range from doctor, teacher, housewife, hairdresser – and of course to fishermen.
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