Bellany Bids Boost for Lifeboat
Volunteers at Dunbar RNLI are grateful to receive news of a ‘big arted’ donation in the pipeline from local community interest company, Miixer.
Miixer, who run zero waste shops in East Lothian and Edinburgh are running an online auction of two anonymously donated prints by the late John Bellany to raise much needed funds for Dunbar RNLI.
East Lothian born Bellany, whose work was strongly influenced by the seafaring community, was known for his support of the RNLI. In 2009 one of his artworks raised £10,000 for four charities, including the RNLI, after it was auctioned by the Scottish Government having been commissioned for the First Minister’s Homecoming Christmas card in 2008.
Simon Glover from Miixer CIC said of the charitable auction, “When an anonymous supporter donated these amazing prints to us we thought it most appropriate to auction them and donate the proceeds to the RNLI, knowing Bellany’s respect and support for seafaring communities. Miixer CIC are pleased to be able to support charities, schools and community groups in East Lothian and at the same time working to reduce waste.”
The auction, which runs until 5pm on Saturday 18th January, is being held online at Mixxer CIC’s facebook page which can be found at www.facebook.com/zerowastethebigpick
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.