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Chance to raise funds for conservation

11 Feb 2016

Help the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) manage pin badge boxes

Conservation charity the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is seeking volunteers in Greater Manchester to manage pin badge boxes. 

The RSPB was founded in Manchester’s leafy Didsbury in 1889 where a group of ladies were opposed to the barbarous trade in plumes for women's hats. This fashion was responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets, birds of paradise and other species whose feathers had become fashionable in the late Victorian era. 

The RSPB’s pin badge boxes are one of its most successful fundraising tools. Last year the pin badge boxes in the North of England raised almost £200,000 for conservation. All the money from the pin badge boxes and collection tins stays in the region, helping to conserve local nature reserves and educational programmes. 

The charity is looking for local volunteers to visit pin badges sites near them every 4-6 weeks to empty the donations, count the money, top up the box with new badges and bank the money. By hosting a box, you would be doing your bit to help conserve nature. 

Once a year the RSPB sends its volunteers a certificate to say thank you and volunteers are also invited to attend a thank you event so they can see where the money goes and how it helps to protect and save nature. You would have the chance to meet people and chat to them about the RSPB. 

Ruth Ellul, a Senior Development Officer here at the University, is the volunteer area coordinator for the Greater Manchester region. To sign up or for more information, contact Ruth:

07825 592644 

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