TELEVISION presenter Jennie Bond is urging Silhillians to donate their old pounds to help Barnardo’s change the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
The former BBC royal correspondent has helped families make money by selling their valuables on the channel’s Cash in the Attic and now she wants people to hunt out their coins for a great cause.
Jennie said: “Unlike the antique treasures unearthed on the hit TV show, the old round pounds will be worthless when they cease to be legal tender on October 15.
“But for Barnardo’s they are hidden treasures as every pound will help it continue its vital work supporting disadvantaged children.
“I appeal to everyone to search their homes as each old pound coin will make such a difference to children’s lives.”
Figures reveal the living room is a good place to start looking as the average Brit finds £3.27 a year down the back of the sofa alone – that’s more than £39 million.
And the research by security company Yale found the average person has £12.70 in coins lying around – that’s more than a third of a billion pounds across the nation’s 27 million households.
The UK’s leading children’s charity is issuing special coin packs before the pounds go out of circulation on October 15 so it’s easy for supporters to donate coins found.
To order your pack simply call the Supporters Relations Hotline on 0800 008 7005 or email [email protected]
Alternatively, old pound coins can be handed in at Barnardo’s charity shops.