Turning pennies into pounds


Lis Parham from Marketing and Comms has written a blog for the Green Mary Workbook, looking at what you can do with your unwanted travel money!

Each British household has, on average, £65 worth of unused travel money lying around. That adds up to a staggering £1.8billion in total for the UK’s 27.1 million households*.

So while folk start getting ready for the half-term and summer holidays, the Eco-communicators at Queen Mary University of London have been encouraging colleagues to bring in unwanted foreign currency and turn those pennies into pounds for charity.

The Children’s Society has teamed up with Travelex to capture this unwanted cash and you can make your contribution to their important work by bringing your unwanted coins and notes to E104 where it will be collected by the Eco-mmunicators team.

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn. It was set up in 1881 and in 2015/16 supported some 18,000 children and young people. The Society also campaigns for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.

Team member Lis Parham said: “We were having an office tidy and found some old currency in a desk drawer, which reminded me I too had a pile of old coins at home that I’ll never get around to sorting. This seems like a great way to have a tidy up and support a great charity too that was set up in the same decade as our very own People’s Palace.”

* Research by Foreign exchange firm Leftover Currency: http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/how-you-can-cash-unused-9832269


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