The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is seeking public donations to its ongoing Jewellery Appeal – unwanted jewellery, medals and collectables are all welcome to help fund the charity’s life-saving work.
The RNLI Jewellery Appeal was started on TV by Blue Peter in 1986, and is now entering its 23rd year. Since then, thanks to the generosity of the public and the efforts of RNLI volunteers, the appeal has continued to raise much needed funds for the charity.
All collectables and jewellery, including rings, bracelets, chains, earrings, watches, costume jewellery and even broken gold or silver items are greatly appreciated. The pieces donated are sold at auctions or fetes to raise funds for essential training and equipment for RNLI volunteer crews.
In past years, war medals, military memorabilia, Victorian and Georgian jewellery, brooches and boxed valuables have been very popular at auction.
Some of the more unusual past donations include: a set of dentures on gold mount, war medals, mother-of-pearl theatre binoculars, an 1837 hallmarked fish-knife and a Victorian bakelite locket containing a lock of hair.
Maren Caldwell, RNLI Head of Community Fundraising says: ‘The RNLI as a charity relies on public generosity to help its volunteer crews. This appeal is a fine example of the support we receive – the range of items that has been sent in over the lifetime of the appeal has been fantastic. Every donation plays a vital role in helping the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea.’
Those wanting to donate unwanted jewellery and collectables should send it to Karen Ketley, Appeal Co-ordinator, RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ.
Notes to editors
- A photo of some of the items previously donated to the Jewellery Appeal is attached.
- A year’s training for one RNLI volunteer crew member costs more than £1,000. The charity has 4,500 volunteer crew members.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 138,000 lives. A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland.