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BAJ to hold auction in support of Stephen Lawrence Trust

British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) has announced it will be holding a Valentine’s Auction in support of the Stephen Lawrence Trust from 21 January to 1 February 2021.

The auction pieces will be sold through a silent auction, with bids being made by email. There will also be a minimum bid set at £10 to enhance accessibility to participation.

The auction will feature pieces created and donated by BAJ students, as well as professional jewellers. The academy said it would also like to invite external jewellers to donate their own designs to be sold in support of this worthwhile cause.

Founded in 1998, the Stephen Lawrence Trust seeks to combat inequality at all levels of society and fights for equal access and opportunities for everyone.

The trust works with young people aged 13 to 30 from disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim to “equip and inspire” them to succeed in the career of their choice.

Kate Rieppel, head of Academy at the British Academy of Jewellery, said: “2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, but it has also made us keenly aware of the importance of solidarity and of working together to have a positive impact on the world around us.

“BAJ is proud to be able to support the invaluable work of the Stephen Lawrence Trust with our Valentine’s Auction.”

The auction is the latest fundraising initiative from BAJ. In October of this year, the academy launched ‘Pins of Praise’, a range of four pins which were sold to raise money for NHS Charities Together, with the pins designed by three BAJ students and one external applicant.

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