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British holidaymakers have £2.7 billion worth of unused currency

Posted on: November 9th, 2018 by Ian Stormnet

It has been revealed that households in the UK could be sitting on a goldmine worth over more than £2.7 billion.

The nation’s 34.8 million holidaymakers on average bring home around £78 worth of leftover foreign currency after every holiday. Collectively added up annually, the amount is a staggering £2.7billion of leftover coins and notes sitting idle.

On average British holidaymakers take approximately £1400 spending money when travelling abroad. The £78 leftover cash is usually the cost of a meal or perhaps an excursion. However, regular travellers among us usually fail to use leftover currency as they feel it is not a considerable amount, so they fail to spend it.

Buy back rates can be poor and could result in you being short changed. Even selling on to a friend or family member may not be the best option.  If the amount is small, many charities are now accepting this currency as part of their fundraising.

Leftover foreign currency and old UK coins and notes are an easy way to raise valuable funds for charities and non-profit organisations. Banks will not change foreign coins or small denomination banknotes which means that many people have unwanted foreign coins and notes that could be going to waste.

Here at Cash4Coins we offer a coin sorting facility where we will buy back the currency and change it into cash. We want to help charities continue with the outstanding range of help and support services for people who have terminal illness. You can help too by donating any leftover foreign currency as well as old British and Irish coins and notes.

We work with many charitable organisations, banks, airports and large companies to buy back leftover coins and notes.

All about the new £10 note

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

18th July, 2017 was the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. The Bank of England unveiled the new £10 note on this day which has Jane Austen on the back. The new note “will recognise her universal appeal and enduring contribution to English literature”, Winchester Cathedral said in a statement concerning the launch.

“There can be no better place to unveil the new £10 banknote, featuring Jane Austen, and there can be no better time than today, the 200th anniversary of her death,” Bank of England governor Mark Carney said at the launch.

The new £10 note enters circulation on 14th September. “The £10 paper banknote is the oldest Bank of England banknote design in circulation and therefore the security features require updating to take advantage of developments in technology,” the Bank said in a recent paper.

Production of the new £10 polymer note began last August and the Bank has already printed more than 275 million notes, but they’re not quite ready to launch yet. The new note will be smaller than the current one – but larger than the new fiver. The size ratios will be the same as the ones between the old paper fiver and paper tenner. It will be made of the same materials as the new five pound note too.

The new £10 has a few distinct features about it.


Tactile feature
The front has raised print. Two clusters of raised dots in the top left hand corner. This tactile feature will be particularly helpful to blind people or partially sighted people to help them identify the value of the note. The polymer £20 will also have a tactile feature, but with a different pattern. The polymer £5 will be identifiable as the only polymer note without a tactile feature.

Cleaner, safer, stronger
The beauty of polymer notes is their strength. They are more cleaner and ultimately last longer than paper notes. Polymer notes are more resilient to dirt and moisture so they will stay cleaner much longer than paper notes. The enhanced security features make them very difficult to be counterfeited. A polymer note is not indestructible; however, wear and tear is far longer than paper notes with a lifetime expectancy of 2.5 times more than a paper note.

What do I need to do?

Absolutely nothing, the current £10 notes will gradually be withdrawn as retailers and businesses bank them. The note can still be used until the Spring of 2018 when it will be withdrawn from circulation. The Bank of England will give 3 months’ notice prior to withdrawal.

Comic Relief Fundraising Ideas

Posted on: May 6th, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

Discover Ways to Fundraise for Comic Relief with tips from foreign cash converters Cash4Coins

Comic Relief may have been and gone, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop raising money for the good work that they do. Not only this, but if you are worried that you missed out on doing your bit, then you can also plan in all those amazing fundraising ideas for next Comic Relief.

Bake, bake, bake

Everyone loves a bit of cake, so if you are a dab hand with a whisk and some flour, why not put those talents to good use and whip up a storm in the kitchen? You can take them to work, to school or wherever, all with the aim to making a bit of a profit that can go to charity.

Give up something you love

This is a fundraising idea that is becoming more and more popular. Giving up something that you love is hard work, and you can ask from donations from friends and family to support you in your abstinence.

It could be from chocolate, crisps, wine or cheese. Whatever you pick, make sure that it is something worthwhile and that people will support you in.

Have a quiz or games night

Do you love playing board games? Think that you are a dab hand at quizzes? Why not use these as an excuse to raise some money for charity? Set an evening of fun up with your friends and charge an entrance fee. You can offer prizes for the winners, and also make sure that you have a penalty pot set up for anyone who doesn’t play by the rules!

Organise a lunchtime disco

Sometimes a working day can drag on a bit. What about seeing if a lunchtime boogie can help to break it up? All you need is a spare meeting room or office, some tunes and maybe a disco ball or two, and you have yourself your very own office based rave. You can charge an entrance fee for everyone to come and party with you, and make sure that you have plenty of fizzy pop (non-alcoholic of course) for when they have worked up a thirst.

Have a swear jar

This is a great idea if you want to take your time in fundraising, perhaps ready to donate for the next Comic Relief. Everytime you utter a curse word, put some change in the pot. You can set an amount, or simply make it whatever you have to hand. Not only will you soon be putting money away for charity, but you will find yourself watching your language too. Just make sure you have enough space in case you stub your toe!

Charity doesn’t only have to be during these big TV drives, you can donate to causes up and down the UK or worldwide whenever you want to, and make sure that you do your bit for helping good causes around the world.


Children in Need Fundraising Ideas

Posted on: May 6th, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

For one night in November, every year, the BBC becomes a place dedicated to charity. Helping children across the globe, Children in Need has become one of the best supported charities out there.

It draws in big name celebrities and is a whole lot of fun for those that watch it.

However, Children in Need, just like many of other charities, simply wouldn’t be able to function without donations. Which means that each and every year, people around the UK come up with great ways to raise money and help those who need it.

Want to get yourself nice and organised for the 2017 Children in Need? Why not check out some of the great ways you can raise money when the time comes?

Face your fears

Is there something that you are really terrified of? A great way to raise money is to face those fears. Get people to sponsor you to hold a spider, do a bungee jump or anything that is going to make you squirm. It is a sure fire way to get some support!

Go without tech

Are you the type of person who always has their phone in their hands? Bit of TV nut? Why not pledge to give up tech for a week during the Children in Need week? Not only is it a great fundraising tool, but it might actually teach you that you don’t need your beloved gadget in the first place!

Do something big

Want to really make an impact for charity? If you do, then perhaps it is time to try out something huge. Jump out of a plane, climb a mountain or run a marathon. These big pledges are a great way to bring money in and also give you the drive to try something that you wouldn’t otherwise!

Sell something

Do you have a hobby, talent or skill? Why not use this to raise money? You can bake cakes, paint pictures, even knit a blanket. Whatever you do, sell it for cash and you can soon see the money come in for charity.

Wear your PJs for a day

Just because it is a popular one, doesn’t mean it isn’t great. Don a onesie, or your favourite PJs for the day and raise some money. Or better yet, get your whole office, school or family to do the same. Not only will you raise money, but you will be super comfy for the day too!

The money that is raised during Children in Need really does make a difference to the lives of children around the world. There really is no better reason to get out there and try to raise some for yourself. Whether it is a few hundred pound or just 5, it is still going to make a difference and make up the grand total!



Fundraise for Charities That Need Your Help

Posted on: May 6th, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

Let Cash4Coins help you exchange foreign currencies to fundraise for charities that need your help

Every charity is worthwhile, and every fundraising project has an important reason behind it. But it seems that throughout the UK, there are some charities that really need your help and support.

If you are looking for a new charity to donate to, we have some of those that are looking for a helping hand from donators up and down the UK.

Battersea Cats and Dogs Home

Here in the UK we are known for our love of animals, and in particular our pets. That said, charities just like Battersea Cats and Dogs Home see abandoned and mistreated pets on a number of occasions. Their aim is not only to never turn down a cat or dog that needs a new home. But also, to make sure that those cats and dogs find their way to a loving forever home.

The Lullaby Trust

No parent should ever go through the horror and pain of losing a child. However for around 600 families every year, that lose a baby suddenly, the pain is very real. The Lullaby Trust was set up to offer specialist support to those families, helping them through the difficult times as well as creating safety advice relating to sleeping babies.

They also conduct research into SIDS to find out what can be done to try and reduce the risk of it happening.

Dementia UK

More and more people throughout the UK are being touched by some form of Dementia. This particular charity is one of many that looks at ways to help and support those whose lives are affected by Dementia. It supports Admiral Nurses who will work with families who are coping with Dementia, and offer their specialist support and guidance through what can often be an uncertain and upsetting time.


Whilst Shelter may be a charity that many people recognise, it is one that still needs donations. The issue of homelessness or bad homing is one that isn’t going away, and Shelter help millions of people each and every year. They not only provide support, but they also offer advice to those that are faced with homelessness, as well working hard to combat it on a wider level and try to eradicate the issue in the long term too.


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has been helping people who get into difficulty in the waters around the UK since 1824. The help that they offer is vital and saves lives up and down the country, however it relies mostly on volunteers, as well as donations from people to keep it running.

These are just some of the charities that you can decide to help by making a donation. The best way to ensure that your money is going to help something that you care about, is to take a look through some of the different charities, throughout the UK, the world or perhaps just in your local area, and make a pledge to support them to carry on doing all the great work that they already do.


How to Set Up a Crowd Funding Page

Posted on: April 2nd, 2017 by Ian Stormnet

Learn how to set up a fundraising page and raise money with foreign currencies with Cash4Coins

Over recent years the world of charity has changed. Or should we say, the way that money is raised for charity has changed.

One way that charity has moved forward is with the introduction of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is used to raise money for a specific project, drive or simply for a particular aspect of a charity.

The crowdfund is usually time specific and has a huge dependence on the world of social media, a place that offers the perfect conditions to raise awareness, as well as raising money.

Need to find a way to raise money for a particular project? Perhaps the power of the community could help to build a memorial or a dedication? Or maybe assist in a charity drive?

If that is true, why not try out crowdfunding and see if it is the ideal way to raise the money that you need?

Here is our guide to setting up your own crowdfunding page.

Pick what you want to raise money for

Before you even start a crowdfunding page, you will need have a specific aim in mind. It should also have a clear outcome that you can present to your potential funders. You will also need to decide on the time frame that you want to raise money in.

Work out your budget and set your funding target

One of the main parts of any crowd funding project is how much you need to raise, and where it is going to go. You to do this by working out the budget of what you want to achieve from the money. You will also need to think about any commission that you need to pay to the crowdfunding site, and budget for any rewards that you need to hand out.

Get your pitch ready

You won’t be able to raise money if you don’t create a great pitch. The best way to do this is to create a short video, explaining more about your project, what you need the money for as well as the difference that you will hope to make.

The idea behind a pitch is that it not only makes everything clear, but it also grabs attention too!

Find a platform that you can promote on

There are a real variety of different crowd funding platforms that you can raise money through. You just need to find the right one for you. You will need to decide whether you want to offer a reward for the donations that people send through, or simply bring in the donations and allow people to help you to get to where you need to be.

Start it up

Once you have everything in place, it is time to launch. Get out and reach the community via email and social media. Encouraging people to share your page and pass on their requests for fundraising to their family and friends.

Keep it updated

It is important to keep all those wonderful people that have contributed to your fund updated on the project and how you are doing. Thank each and every person for their contribution and let them know the difference that their money will make.

Now you know more about crowdfunding, perhaps it is time to try it out for yourself, and see what you could do with the money.


The Great Coin Exchange For Children In Need

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Ian Stormnet

Did you know that a foreign coin exchange could be a great way to raise money for Children In Need this year?  At Cash4Coins we offer a coin exchange service that can turn donated foreign coins into Sterling you can use to put towards this great cause.

How To Get Started With Your Foreign Coin Fundraising

You’d be surprised how many people have foreign coins hanging around at home. These are often leftover from business trips abroad and foreign holidays and they end up being stuffed into drawers or put in jars.  Unfortunately, the banks will not help you to exchange these into Sterling, even if the proceeds are for charity.  It is not logistically viable for the banks to change coins and repatriate them back to their country of origin, but we can help!

We have helped many charities to make use of the millions of foreign coins that are gathering dust around the world and we can do the same for you.  We can turn Euros into Sterling, US Dollars into Sterling and in fact, practically any currency you send us into…Sterling!  That’s money we deposit into the bank for you to donate to Children In Need.

A simple collection tin decorated with flags of the world or bank notes of the world is a great way to encourage donations. Most people only have to look in a drawer or jar at home to find coins for you.  And these can mount up very quickly.

Coin Exchange Fundraising Ideas For Schools

If you are a school looking for some great fundraising ideas for Children In Need, we can help.  Why not ask your pupils to ask their parents for foreign coin donations and then set a homework task that gets them thinking about foreign coins and they many different kinds available.  This is a great way to teach children about other cultures and the money used in other countries.  For older kids, why not give them a little lesson in foreign currency exchange!

The Easiest And Quickest Way To Raise Funds

At Cash4Coins we give you a very convenient method of changing those collected foreign coins into cash.  And if you collect over 10Kg we will send our secure courier to come and pick them up from you free of charge.  We don’t even ask you to count or sort your coins as we do that for you.  It really couldn’t be easier.

Our fundraising team is also on hand to give you advice on coin exchange fundraising ideas and how to make it a record breaking Children In Need year this year.  So, if you are joining Pudsey and the gang to raise much needed cash for this worthwhile cause, don’t forget that Cash4Coins can help you.

It’s easy to send us your coins and we will have a valuation ready for you as quickly as possible. We have helped many charities, schools and hospitals to find different avenues for fundraising and our coin exchange service has proved very popular.  In the meantime we wish you lots of Children In Need fun this year and look forward to receiving your coins.

Coins for Charity

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

Donating foreign coins for charity

Most charities across the UK are unfortunately experiencing a drop in donations. This is not surprisingly due to the current financial climate. But there is a way to donate coins for charity without it having to cost you a penny. OK, what’s the catch we hear you saying – well, there isn’t one!

The answer is simple – donate your unwanted foreign coins for charity.  It really couldn’t be easier. Whether you are a volunteer for a charity or you would like us to donate the money you make from your foreign coins, cash4coins does all the hard work for you.  We will even sort and count your foreign coins saving you the effort of doing it yourself.  And if your coins are over a certain weight, we will even send our courier to collect them.

The easiest way to donate your foreign coins to the charity of your choice!

Donating foreign coins for charity is a great way to make a little extra money for a worthwhile cause. We have also helped schools, hospitals and museums to bring in a little extra cash through foreign coin donations.  What’s more, we have a specialist fundraising team on standby who can tell you more about the coins for charity fundraising ideas we have shared and the success they have had.  Our team would be delighted to tell you more and you can also read some of the fabulous comments from our previous customers on our comments page.

Across the UK today there are millions of pounds worth of foreign coins and notes that are going to waste. This is because banks won’t exchange foreign coins and some low denomination notes back into Sterling. The only choice you have is to take the currency back to the country of origin. A lot of us also have old coins and notes that are out of circulation such as Spanish Pesetas and German Marks that can’t be spent or exchanged. Furthermore many people also have old British and Irish coins as well as pre-decimal coins and notes.

So instead of this foreign currency just sitting there why don’t you donate it to charity? We work with lots of UK charities to exchange foreign coins and notes for them… giving them a valuable source of income. This helps to close the gap between the drop in donations that many are experiencing.

What coins for charity do we accept?

All foreign coins and notes
All pre-Euro coins and notes
Damaged and commemorative notes and coins
Old British and Irish coins and notes
Pre-decimal currency


If you are a fundraiser then accepting foreign coins for charity is a fantastic way to increase funds. We can help advise you on the best way to organise a collection to make your a big success. This is why we are the most customer recommended service in the UK and trusted by charities both large and small. To see how we can help you please contact us.  Our friendly team is standing by right now to assist!

Donate Foreign Coins

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

Donate foreign coins to charity – do something good today!

You can now donate foreign coins to charity and make a real difference! At cash4coins we buy unwanted foreign coins – most people have spare foreign change left over from their holidays and this gets put in a drawer or change jar never to be seen again! UK banks don’t exchange foreign coins so even if you did try to change it you would not be able to. are different, we buy foreign coins and pay you via direct payment or Paypal (if you have a Paypal account) as well as cheque, which means that you can now donate foreign coins to charity. All you need to do is collect as many foreign coins as possible and then send them to us here at cash4coins and we will convert foreign currency into Sterling and donate the money to charity on your behalf.

You can specify the charity that you want to donate foreign coins to, it could even be a school, hospital, local club or team – the choice is entirely up to you.  Do you have a local charity that you wish to send your money to?  Just let us know their charity number and we will do the rest. You can also request the money to be sent to your own bank account should you wish to make your donation in person.

If you want to send us coins so you can make a charity donation then go to our page ‘How to send us coins‘ – to see what our customers are saying about us check our our comments page.

Above certain weights we’ll even collect your foreign coins for FREE – please go to ‘How to send us coins‘ for full details.

The good news is that we exchange ANY coins from Euros to Pesetas (and every currency in between) – we even exchange old British and Irish coins.  What foreign coins could you have hanging around your home?  Many of our customers tell us how surprised they were to find so many different coins.  If you have been on holiday recently or have currency leftover from holidays across the years, why not collect it all together and send it to us.  We will even collect it for free if it weighs over 5KG.  It really could not be easier to donate foreign coins to charity and we are here to help you.  We even count and sort your coins for you.  Do something good today.  Turn those unused and useless coins into something worthwhile for the charity of your choice!

Many of our customers collect coins as a fundraising activity, they get together with friends, colleagues, school friends and neighbours to collect foreign coins for charity. They then donate foreign coins to charity or a good cause by sending the coins to us here at – we change the money and send the payment to the charity on your behalf.

Call our charity team today to see how we can help you.

Charity Coin Collection

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by Ian Stormnet

The easy way to turn coins into cash with a charity coin collection…

Charity coin collections are a great way to raise funds for your local club, school, hospital and charity. Many people use our service to exchange foreign coins into cash. It’s a very popular way to raise money and one of the most effective of all the charity coin collections.

If you want to get together with friends and work colleagues you can quickly collect a large amount of foreign currency to exchange into Sterling. So if you want an easy way to build a significant coin collection then simply get a group of people together and make some money for charity! And because people don’t mind donating what are practically useless old coins it means that your charity benefits even more!

We work with many of the UKs leading charities to generate valuable income for them. Our service is fast, simple and secure.

  1. Send us your foreign coins (see our page ‘How to send us coins‘)
  2. We sort and count the coins
  3. We pay you in Sterling

We’ll even collect for FREE if your currency is over a certain weight – please see our page ‘How to send us coins‘ for more information.

We have a special fundraising team that can give you some great ideas that will make your charity coin collection even more successful. Why not make up posters showing all the flags of the world and a matching collection tin so that people know what coins you are collecting.  We mean it when we say that we exchange all foreign coins so don’t worry if you end up with lots of diverse or unusual coins in your tin.

And remember, we do all the counting and sorting for you saving you the effort of doing it yourself. Our team is ready now to receive your coins and to give you a valuation.  You don’t have to accept our valuation but in our experience we don’t end up sending many coins back to customers. They are usually delighted with the valuation they have received for their charity coin collection that would otherwise be useless.

Like most other charities in the UK you are probably always looking out for that next big money making fundraising idea. Well, a charity coin collection can be a real money spinner for you and our team is on hand now to show you just how lucrative it can be.  Speak to us today about some of the many charities we have helped.

Unfortunately UK banks will not change foreign coins into Sterling but we will. If you want the easiest charity coin collection method then simply send your currency to us and we’ll do the rest. These are just a few reasons why we’re the UKs trusted foreign coin exchange service.

We’ll sort and count your coins and then send you payment by Bacs, PayPal (or cheque)… It really is the easy way to turn coins into cash. Simply go to our page ‘How to send us coins‘ and you’ll see just how simple and fast it is.