Donate a classic car and provide a vital lifeline to the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has joined forces with H&H Classics of Warrington to ask people to consider donating a classic car for an upcoming auction on 11 October to help raise vital funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.*

Last year two of the world’s rarest Ferraris, donated by generous RNLI supporter Richard Colton, were auctioned by H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire.*

The cars sold for an impressive £8.5M and made the vehicles the most valuable items ever left to the RNLI.

To celebrate the anniversary of the remarkable lifesaving auction, the RNLI and H&H Classics are asking car enthusiasts to consider donating a classic car for the event in October.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the vehicles will go to the RNLI as no seller fee (normally 5% +VAT) will be charged.

The auction will again be taking place at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire.

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Chloe Shore, said: ‘We were deeply humbled and incredibly grateful for the money that was raised by the sale of Mr Colton’s Ferraris last year. His amazing legacy will ensure that we can continue saving lives at sea for many years to come.

‘To mark the anniversary of the historic sale, we have once again joined forces with H&H Classics and are urging anyone who has a classic car collection to consider donating a vehicle to the auction. Naturally we’re not expecting anything on the scale of Mr Colton’s staggering donation but the sale of each car, large or small, will provide a vital and essential lifeline to our volunteer crews and the people that they save.’

Dominic Lyncker, H&H Classics MD, said: ‘We are delighted to have this partnership with the RNLI following the signal success of our first sale for them which will provide two new lifeboats.  It is a privilege for H&H to be associated with the RNLI and to assist them in their wonderful work.’

For more information about the auction please email: or to register an interest in donating a classic car please email:

Notes to editors
• The auction will take place between 10.00am and 2pm on 11 October at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR.

• Richard Colton was a Northamptonshire-based businessman who had a distinguished career in footwear distribution and who for 40 years collected and actively campaigned sensational classic cars.

Described by close friends as “a shy and private man”, he was known to be somewhat nervous of the sea, which may have added to his great respect for RNLI volunteers who risk their lives daily around Britain’s coast. When deciding on which charity to leave the legacy of his two classic Ferraris there was only one choice.

Media contacts
For more information, please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer, North, on 07824 518641 or at: or Julian Roup on 07970 563958 or at:

RNLI Picture caption
Photograph credit: Mark Chappell.

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