Powering to the rescue with your spare pennies

Not sure what to do with the foreign coins leftover from your travels? Here’s how to put them to good use.

Notes and coins from different currencies

Photo: Shutterstock/Bilanol

Leftover holiday cash often ends up forgotten, wasted or thrown away. Most banks or foreign exchanges will only convert significant amounts of money, so changing coins back rarely feels worthwhile. Why not put your leftover holiday cash to good use and donate it instead?

We’d love your unwanted coins

In partnership with Cash4Coins, we can turn your unwanted holiday money into vital donations. And it makes a real difference! In 2018, kind supporters raised £3,025 by exchanging their unwanted foreign coins and notes. That’s enough to train four lifeguards for a year. 

And it’s not just unwanted holiday money that can make a difference. While most people don’t have diamond tiaras or Ferraris to give away, there are always bits and bobs tucked away in lofts, sheds or jewellery boxes that you may no longer want to keep.  

Our Jewellery and Collectibles Appeal accepts a wide range of donations to help save lives at sea, from jewellery and watches to old coins and stamp collections. Memorabilia or treasures you no longer want are always appreciated; anything can be considered.

Ian and Sue Bell, who run the appeal, are often intrigued by the unusual items received from the public: ‘Over the years we’ve had a set of false teeth complete with a gold crown, a large pewter model of a stagecoach being robbed and a resin horse’s head.’

Last year, collectible items and scrap gold and silver raised £3,688 for our lifesavers – which is enough to fully kit out two inshore lifeboat crew members. 

Portsmouth Crew Member Grace Walton

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Be part of the appeal 

If you’d like to help by donating your leftover holiday money or unwanted treasures, please give us a call on 0300 300 9990 or 0044 1202 663234 (if you’re calling from outside the UK). 

Donations can be sent, securely packaged, to:
Julie Orchard
Central Processing Unit
West Quay Road
BH15 1HZ

How will your donations make a difference? Find out how your support helps power our lifesaving.