Each year the antiques trade raises a great deal of money for charity one way or another. Less well-known is the existence of the British antiques trade’s own benevolent fund. This year it celebrates the 80th anniversary of its foundation in 1932. Although administrated by the British Antique Dealer’s Association, financial help is not confined to its members. “The trade has become much riskier in recent years, so we anticipaate more calls for assistance,” says David Pettifer, the fund’s chairman for over 25 years.
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