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Coins for Care – Making Your Old £1 Coins Count

Posted on 1st August 2017

Heart of Kent Hospice is encouraging people to save up their old £1 coins to donate to the charity before the familiar round pound ceases to be legal currency from 15 October 2017.

The campaign, coined Coins for Care, is asking members of the public to dig out their piggy banks and loose change jars, search their wallets and purses, and scour the backs of their sofas to help support local people with terminal illnesses.

According to the Treasury, people have already returned 800 million of the old £1 coins and by mid-July there were more new coins in circulation than old ones. Which is why Heart of Kent Hospice is encouraging people to start collecting now.

According to Sarah Pugh, Chief Executive at Heart of Kent Hospice: “£4 in every £5 we spend on caring for people with terminal illnesses comes from the generosity of our local community. We depend on them every bit as much as they do on us, that’s why we hope the public will get behind the Hospice and make their old £1 coins really count.”

Supporters will be able to save up their pounds and donate them either through one of Heart of Kent’s 14 charity shops, at Heart of Flavour Café in Maidstone, by bringing them into the Hospice in Aylesford, or taking them to official collectors in Fremlin Walk on 9th September.

Companies can also take part by encouraging their employees to come together to start collecting up the round pounds. Maidstone Football Club, Sainsbury’s in Larkfield and Advance FM have pledged to take part in Coins for Care, with some departments already competing with each other to see who can find to most £1 coins and raise the most money.

Heart of Kent Hospice Coins for Care campaign launches at the end of July with a collection of video shorts kindly made for free by Vexx Studios which supporters will be able to watch and share online, along with other social media content.

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