People throughout Northern Ireland are urged to donate old Irish punts and support the work that Age NI does locally to improve the lives of older people.
Linda Parker, Age NI Donor Manager, said, ‘Despite the introduction of the Euro in 2002, according to the Irish Central Bank, there’s still over 200 million in Irish Punts lying around. If you have any banknotes or coins, hidden in the back of a drawer or under a sofa, please donate these to Age NI and help us improve the lives of people in later life.’
Managers at Age NI operated day centres in Ballyclare, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Dunmurry, East Belfast, Kilkeel, Lisburn, Newry and Portaferry have pledged their support to the appeal.
Including Pat Kearney, Manager at Age NI Day Centre, Little Scotch Street, Dungannon, said, ‘I’d encourage people to donate their Irish Punts or any ‘out of circulation’ or foreign currency to Age NI. With so much money still out there, that’s a lot of hot lunches for older people who come to our day centre.’
Linda continued, ‘With the help of a specialist coin collecting company set up to help charities, the Age NI Foreign Currency Appeal has raised almost £2,000 for older people, since 2011. So your out-of-date cash, though no longer legal tender, is still worth something to us.’
To make a donation of Irish Punts or other unused money to Age NI, please either drop it into the office or pop it in the post to the following address: Age NI Foreign Currency Appeal, FREEPOST RRTU-HSZY-LTHZ, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR.
Alternatively, contact Age NI on 028 9024 5729, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ageni.org/foreigncurrency for more information.