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Jennie Bond says 'donate old pound coins and help vulnerable children'

Release Date: 02 Sep 2017

Media royalty Jennie Bond is urging people 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 15 October 2017.

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 from sides of sofas, on window sills and even the attic for old pound coins, as each one 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.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future.

But we cannot do it without you. Every single one of the old round pounds you donate will really help to make a difference for every child supported by Barnardo’s.

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.

For every £1 donated, we spend 91p on charitable activities, 3p on governance and pension finance costs and the remaining 6p on raising the next £1.

To order your pack simply call the Supporters Relations Hotline on 0800 008 7005  or email supporterrelations@barnardos.org.uk

Alternatively any old pound coins can be handed in at Barnardo’s charity shops or you can donate online at donate.barnardos.org.uk/

Notes to editors

Yale 2016 figures: http://www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/news/2016/articles/brits-sitting-on-a-fortune-/

Pictures of Jennie Bond are available on request

Barnardo’s

Last year 272,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes. We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you.

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out more. Call the 24 hour press office number 020 8498 7555.

Follow Barnardo’s media team on Twitter @BarnardosNews

Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605.


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