Manufacturer behind Aston Martin badges launches NHS fundraising drive

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A historic Birmingham manufacturer whose work adorns sports cars and sporting greats is now producing badges to raise funds for the NHS.

Vaughtons, which was founded in 1819, is making ‘Thank You’ pin badges which are being sold to raise money for the NHS Charities Together, a federation of more than 250 charitable organisations that support the NHS, its staff, volunteers and patients.

The company is hand making the rainbow pin badges at its factory in the Jewellery Quarter which are being sold for £9.99 through its website.

Vaughtons was launched by the Vaughton brothers when the company initially called itself a button maker, medalist and mint but Howard Vaughton, a

grandson of the founders, used his connections to shape its future.

 

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Mr Vaughton was a football player for Aston Villa and helped to win contracts to make FA Cup and London Olympics medals in 1908.

The company’s insignia badges can now be seen on the bonnets of high-end sports cars made by Aston Martin and Mclaren while its medals have been given to Premier League and Football League winners as well as Six Nations rugby stars.

It also has fans among Middle Eastern royalty and mayors.

Managing director Nick Hobbis said: “The country has pulled together throughout this awful time with unanimous support and thanks for the NHS and workers who have put their lives on the line for us.

“This is Vaughtons’ way of saying thank you to them.

“The rainbow has become a symbol of hope and gratitude and is set to become the 21st century’s ‘poppy’ – a reminder of what people were willing to do for each other when they were called upon.”

Ellie Orton, chief executive of NHS Charities Together, added: “Thank you Vaughtons for donating the profits from this pin badge to NHS Charities Together.

“These funds will help us continue to support NHS workers, volunteers and patients impacted by covid-19.

“What a lovely way to say ‘thank you’ to those who deserve it most.”

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