Following the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, the RNLI has auctioned a t-shirt signed by Daniel Craig online with Dawsons Auctioneers.
Hoylake’s most famous ex-resident signed the t-shirt which was auctioned of to raise money for the RNLI. The t-shirt sold for £2,100 when the auction ended on Sunday 3 October.
A spokesperson for the RNLI said, “Daniel Craig has always been a supporter of the RNLI and back in November, he wanted to gift us with two signed t-shirts so we could auction them and raise funds for our lifesaving mission. The first t-shirt raised an incredible £770 on eBay and with the help of Dawsons Auctions, this year we managed to raise £2,100!”
The lucky winner will not only receive the signed t-shirt but will also win a two-night stay at the RNLI College hotel in Poole with breakfast included where the t-shirt will be presented alongside a tour (subject to availability).
The James Bond actor has been a lifelong supporter of the RNLI, with his previous involvement including supporting a station campaign at Hoylake near where he grew up and going afloat with the crew at Ramsgate.
In November 2019, one of the two signed t-shirts gifted by Daniel Craig was auctioned on eBay, raising almost £800.
The charity, which provides a lifeboat and lifeguard search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, mainly made up of volunteers, experienced a busy summer of staycations this season as uncertainty around foreign travel continued. The proceeds from this auction will help meet the demand on the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea.
Aubrey Dawson, Managing Director, Dawsons Auctioneers said, “We were delighted to handle the auction of this very special RNLI shirt signed by James Bond star Daniel Craig. There was significant interest in the shirt and it eventually sold for £2,100 after a heated online bidding battle. We are proud to support the RNLI and the vital life-saving work they carry out. 100% of the funds raised from this auction will go to the RNLI.”
Bond actor, Daniel Craig said, “I am honoured and immensely proud to support the RNLI.”
In a recent interview for The Guardian, Daniel admitted that if he couldn’t be an actor, he’d “be a lifeboatman.”
RNLI Fundraising Director, Jayne George, said, “We are really grateful to have Daniel’s continued support, the money raised from the auction will make a huge difference.
“The donations we receive help us invest in vital training and equipment as well education to help prevent people getting in trouble.”