People in the ‘Trade’ may not all be aware of the wonderful and mainly unsung work that the registered charity of the British Jewellery Giftware and Finishing Federation, ‘The Benevolent Society’ has been carrying out since 1924. The Charity supports retired and disadvantaged individuals who once worked in the Jewellery, Giftware and Finishing Industries.
The Birmingham Assay Office Staff organised a highly successful ‘Charity Car Wash’ on Monday 31st March to raise much needed funds for The Benevolent Society. The Chief Executive and Assay Master Michael Allchin agreed to wash several cars – in exchange for a very generous contribution to the Charity. Other members of staff also washed cars on Monday and went out and about around St Pauls Square and the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham collecting money.
The Car wash took place in the car park of The Birmingham Assay Office, in Newhall Street from 8.00am – 1.00pm. The Staff of The Birmingham Assay Office have raised £1,000 for The Benevolent Society Charity.
The Staff of The Birmingham Assay Office would like to thank all of its staff, customers, Wardens/Guardians, the staff of the British Jewellers Association, BJA members and members of the public who all gave so generously and made this such a successful day.
If you would like to send in a contribution to help former workers from the Jewellery Trade who now find themselves in need, please make your donation payable to The Benevolent Society and send it to: Penny J. Parkes C/O The Birmingham Assay Office, PO Box 151, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 1SB. Your financial support will make a huge difference.