22nd September 2017
We’re putting old pound coins to good use to help provide new technology and support for people affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions. The Big Pound Round Up starts this month and supporters are encouraged to donate their old pound coins to us until 31 December 2017.
Many of us lose fortunes down the back of the sofa with piles of loose change often lying around the house unclaimed. We are encouraging people to raid old piggy banks, check sofas, knick knack drawers, under the fridge and in the car for old pound coins to donate to them.
The old pound coin came into circulation in 1983 and the new round pound arrived on 28 March 2017. At 12 o’clock on 15 October the old pound coin will no longer be legal tender. The old round pound coins will be recycled by the Royal Mint to make the new 12 sided coin. The new coin is made of two metals. The outer ring is gold coloured (nickel-brass) and the inner ring is silver coloured (nickel-plated alloy). It also has an image like a hologram that changes from a £ symbol to the number one when looked at from different angles. The new coin is also thinner than its predecessor.
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said ‘There’s not a moment to lose! The old pound coin goes out of circulation in October so get raiding. Take a look down the back of your sofa, in the washing machine door seal, down the side of your car seat and inside your glove compartment. Tip out old purses, wallets and handbags. Check holiday luggage and forgotten piggy banks. You can change your old coins into notes and donate paper money or hand us over your coins and we will do the counting and cashing in. Money raised from the campaign will go towards providing support for people affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions’.
Coins for Cobalt can be taken to Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham or to the Cheltenham High Street branch of Nationwide Building Society until 31 December 2017.
To find out more about Cobalt Health go to www.cobalthealth.co.uk.
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