Treasury urges individuals to donate round pounds to Children in Need
BBC Children in Need has partnered with the Treasury and The Royal Mint on a campaign to encourage people to donate the millions of remaining round £1 coins to the charity, with only four weeks to go until the old pound coin goes out of circulation
From 6 October individuals will be able to take their round pound coins to a variety of drop-off points, including major bank or building society, Post Office, Boots, Greggs, Cineworld or Welcome Break, where they will be donated to Children in Need.
A recent poll from YouGov has found that six in ten people would like to donate their remaining round pounds to charities, like BBC Children in Need. With one in three people still having these coins stashed away in savings jars and piggy banks.
Commercial director of BBC Children in Need, Jonathan Rigby, said: ‘We are really excited to work with The Royal Mint and HM Treasury for Pudsey’s Round Pound Countdown and hope that as many people as possible will get involved in this nationwide treasure hunt and put their old round pounds to good use. Every round pound donated will go on to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.’
Exchequer secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones MP, said: ‘Over the last few months, we have urged the public to spend, bank or donate their round pounds ahead of the October 15 deadline. We are delighted to partner with BBC Children in Need, and are encouraging everyone who can, to promise their round pounds to Pudsey.’
Children in Need are aiming to collect as many £1 coins as possible by the deadline of 17 November.