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PUBLISHED: 20:18 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

OLD foreign currency can make a change for the better thanks to a money spinning idea under way at post offices across the Ipswich area.

With 12 countries set to ditch their traditional tender in favour of the new Euro on New Year's Day, there will soon be no point hanging on to money brought back from trips abroad.

OLD foreign currency can make a change for the better thanks to a money spinning idea under way at post offices across the Ipswich area.

With 12 countries set to ditch their traditional tender in favour of the new Euro on New Year's Day, there will soon be no point hanging on to money brought back from trips abroad.

But rather than consign the cash to the bin why not drop it into a collecting tin and raise money for the Ipswich Children's Hospice.

The enterprising idea was the brainchild of Jon Richardson, regional secretary of the National Federation of Subpostmasters and its president Tony Burrows.

The pair saw a similar idea at work in head offices and decided to give the initiative a regional flavour.

"I think we will be able to raise a lot of money.

"There must be a tremendous amount of foreign coins out there that people soon won't be able to change so they might as well make use of them and give it to us and raise money for a good cause," said Mr Richardson.

The collecting tins are set to be installed in sub post offices in Ipswich and surrounding villages this week and should be around for up to two or three months, as long as the money can still be changed.

Mr Richardson says he plans to get as many tins out as possible and has already been handed a wad of lira notes from fans returning from the Inter Milan match.

If you would like to host a tin or would like more information call Mr Richardson on 01473 727216.


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