Bridget's button bounty

PUBLISHED: 14:25 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

THOUSANDS of buttons, many donated by Herald readers, are making money for local charity Hospiscare. Some are so rare they can fetch £5 each.

THOUSANDS of buttons, many donated by Herald readers, are making money for local charity Hospiscare.Some are so rare they can fetch £5 each.Hospiscare volunteer Bridget Hallowes, of Offwell, has joined the Button Society as a result of the enthusiastic response that followed appeals in this newspaper for donations of buttons.She is a member of Hospiscare's Honiton Support Group and explained, during the group's annual meeting, held in Honiton last week, how her passion for buttons is ever growing."I've learnt a terrific amount," she said."Last month, I went to Bristol to meet a lady who is a member of the Button Society. She had 35,000 buttons; they were everywhere! I came away with some brilliant ideas, which she was willing to share."Referring to appeals for buttons in the Herald, Mrs Hallowes said: "The response has been absolutely tremendous. There are people who collect specific types - military, pearl and shoe buttons."Mrs Hallowes spent the winter months sorting through donations."I skimmed off the better ones for specialist buyers," she explained."I'm going to a button sale in Birmingham soon, to build up contacts with dealers. I want to make as much money for Hospiscare as I can."There are hundreds of uses for everyday buttons and Mrs Hallowes displayed an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of them as she outlined possible future fund-raising uses.The use of buttons can be extended to craftwork, she said.They can be used to create designs on T-shirts, hats, handbags and even Christmas cards.Mrs Hallowes has raised £100, so far, from the sale of buttons, but is confident that figure will be repeated over and over again - as her knowledge of buttons increases.Meanwhile, the Herald is still collecting buttons! Take your donations to Honiton Tourist Information Centre, any Hospiscare charity shop or call the Herald to arrange collection.

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