SAINSBURY’S has become the first major supermarket to allow customers to donate old coins and unwanted foreign currency to good causes.
Bosses at the company are working with representatives from Cash4Coins to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland.
Hundreds of Sainsbury’s branches with a Travel Money Bureau – including the supermarket in Ferndown – will offer the service.
Customers can deposit any foreign currency, as well as out of circulation coins and notes, including the old five pound note removed from circulation on May 5.
The donations will be collected, processed and changed into sterling by Cash4Coins.
Richard Lockett, store manager at the Ferndown branch, said: “We know lots of our customers come back from a holiday or trip abroad with leftover foreign currency which ends up hidden at the back of a drawer or stashed in a piggy bank.
“By working in partnership with Cash4Coins we hope to make it easier for customers to pass on their leftover currency while also generating vital funds for The Royal British Legion and its sister charity, Poppyscotland.”
Banks and traditional foreign exchange bureau rarely accept unwanted coins or old notes.