New RSPB appeal pins fundraising hopes on new badge collection volunteers

The RSPB, which operates the popular Bempton Cliffs nature reserve, is appealing for volunteers along the East Coast to help with its pin badge collection pots.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 11th January 2022, 7:25 pm
The RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve. Picture by Bruce Rollinson

The fundraiaing pots can be found in various shops and venues across Yorkshire.

Pin badge collection volunteers play an important role in placing and checking on charity pin badge boxes in venues such as cafes, garden centres and shops in their local area.

Last year Covid-19 sent shock waves through the RSPB’s pin badge scheme, and in some areas reduced donations by 90% on the previous year’s income, affecting the charity’s work to save nature.

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This year the RSPB is looking to rebuild the scheme having sadly lost valued volunteers and pin badge box placements in the local area as a result of the pandemic.

Sophie Feboul, RSPB England’s community fundraising manager, said: “Our volunteers are our local representatives, and we could not do the work that we do without them.

“Sadly, we currently have a number of boxes without volunteers to monitor them, and so they may have to be withdrawn and further income lost (along with the box disappearing from the community altogether) if we can’t find local volunteers to help us look after them.

“I’m always amazed at the generosity of our volunteers and hearing their success stories always makes my day.

“Pin badge volunteering is a way for people to help towards the nature and climate emergency within their local community.

Volunteers make a difference to the RSPB by giving just 30 minutes a month in their local area, at a time to suit them.

“I’m really hopeful that we can find some new volunteers in Yorkshire to help us with our cause here at the RSPB. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.”

The position involves restocking boxes with the RSPB’s beautiful range of enamel wildlife pin badges and banking donations.

The charity said the role is really flexible and works around people’s lifestyles, be that studying, working or retirement.

Potential volunteers can contact the RSPB community fundraising team at [email protected] for more information.