Ipswich-based charity Tools with a Mission (TWAM) has linked up with one of the country’s leading auction houses Lockdales, in a move designed to raise money for the charity and demonstrate Lockdales’ ongoing commitment to supporting local charitable organisations.

TWAM, which began more than 30 years ago, collects and refurbishes tools and equipment no longer required in the UK and sends them to Africa. Through collectors and centres across the UK, a team of dedicated volunteers sort through and refurbish donated tools and it is in boxes of these donations that other items come to light.

These items include a lot of militaria, scientific instruments and even a Bronze Age axe head. It is these sort of items that will now be taken to Lockdales for auction and the funds put back into TWAM’s work. 

TWAM Chief Executive  Mike Griffin said: ‘We are delighted to be associated with Lockdales and I look forward to a relationship that is beneficial for both parties. Anything of value we find amongst our donations that does not fit in with our need for tools will then go to Lockdales where it will be assessed and put into auction. As Lockdales have generously waived their commission, it means that TWAM will receive the full hammer price.’

Founded in 1996 by Daniel Daley, Lockdale Coins Ltd started out as a specialist coin dealers with a retail shop in Ipswich. In 1997, and with militaria and collectables expert James Sadler on board, they decided to start their own auction house in Suffolk.

In 2011, due to the increasing success of the auctions, Lockdale Coins moved to their current premises at Martlesham Heath. With increasing numbers of people wishing to sell everything from unwanted jewellery and watches, to vintage toys and antiques, in June 2011, Lockdales’ Fine Sale Auction was introduced and has been expanding ever since.

Dan Daley, Founder and Managing Director of Lockdales said: ‘We are delighted to have been approached by TWAM and to become involved with such a hands-on and proactive charity. Lockdales are very much looking forward to helping raise any extra funds that will go towards supporting such a worthwhile cause.’

Mike Griffin said: ‘In the hands of a determined people in Africa, tools transform lives!  They provide income to put food on the table, send children to school and keep a roof over their head.  All sorts of tools are need but they have to be in a ‘usable – not broken’ condition so that they can be refurbished.’To arrange for a collection contact TWAM on 01473 210220 or email post@twam.uk or, for further information about the charity and what it does, visit www.twam.uk