8 Dec 2022
by Owen Morton

infocus #68 December 2022 Money for old 'scope?

Pete Banks is not a man to rest on his laurels – or more specifically, to put his feet up in retirement. Over the past 10 years or so, he has become one of the RMS’s most important volunteers, raising crucial funds for its outreach activities through the sale of microscopes and other equipment which has been kindly donated to the Society.


With no previous experience in microscopy, and looking for a new hobby, Pete joined The Leeds Microscopical Society (LMS) – which just so happened to meet at a church hall within walking distance of his home. It was here that he met up with long-serving RMS members Chris Hammond and Peter Evennett, who had already been fundraising for many years, selling instruments at table-top microscopy fairs and other events.