Donate your old round £1 coinFrom Sunday 15 October the round pound is no longer legal tender, so we're asking you to donate your old pound coins to Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin to help local older people.

Donations of old pound coins will go towards local services such as our Day centres, Living Well activities, Befriending service and Help at Home scheme, to support older people around the county.

The round pound will lose its legal tender status at 23.59 on Sunday 15 October and is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters.

The Royal Mint is currently producing 1.5 billion new £1 coins at a rate of up to 2,000 each minute and a staggering three million in total every day.

As some of the new coins will be made from the old round pound coins, The Royal Mint is urging the UK public to spend, return or donate their old pounds so that they can be melted down and reused to make the new coins.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: 'If anyone wishes to donate their round pound coins they can do so by popping into any of our offices in Mardol Gardens in Shrewsbury or Meeting Point House in Telford. People may have lots of forgotten old pound coins in piggy banks, collection tins, drawers and down the sides of their sofas and it would be wonderful if they could donate them to us so we can support more local older people.'

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