Not really. it doesn't really say whether he's desperate for the money, or he just thinks the money is more use.
"I'm not skint, I don't have to do this, but I'm getting old and the money is of more use to me now than the medals.
"I hadn't seen them for about two years as they were in the bank and I just thought, what the hell are they doing there?
"They are worth an awful lot of money but no one is benefiting from them all just sitting there; it's not helping me and it's not helping my family.