Brighton RNLI going potty for 5p's

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The fundraising team at RNLI Brighton, have joined an initiative to raise funds out of mini jam jars and 5p's.

RNLI/Jade Cohen

Betty's 5p Pots

In 2014, Betty Frith – the honorary Treasurer of the RNLI Hertford branch for over 20 years – came up with the idea of washing the individual jam pots served up in cafes and hotels and reusing them as tiny collection jars for all those fiddly 5p pieces which end up at the bottom of your purse or pocket. The idea proved a huge success and has now been adopted by over 100 local RNLI branches, raise many thousands of pounds for the lifesaving work of the Institution.

Local volunteers have now brought the great idea to Brighton – a city well known for its enthusiasm for reusing and recycling. Betty’s 5p pots are available to collect from the RNLI shop at Brighton Marina which is open from 11am until 3pm each day (though it’s worth calling ahead on 01273 606334 to check). You’ll be able to drop full 5p pots back to the shop and if you have any clean individual pots which the RNLI could use, please bring them along!

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