With just days to go until the paper £5 notes are withdrawn from circulation, now is the time to check wallets, money boxes and pockets for any old fivers before they are no longer legal tender on Friday 5 May.
And what could the £5 be spent on? At Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, it would pay for a minute of the care services they provide for life-limited children and their families, so why not use put your old fiver to good use and help a local charity?
Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree House said: “It costs just under £5 every minute to provide all the specialist care services for life-limited children at the hospice and in families’ own homes.
“We currently look after around 300 children with life-shortening conditions across East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.5 million per year, yet we receive less than 7% central government funding so rely heavily on the support of the local community.
“I’m sure many people have old £5 notes lying around at home or in coat pockets. So, if you find one, why not make your last paper fiver a feel-good fiver and donate it to Chestnut Tree House to pay for a minute of care? It can either be donated directly or spent in one of our 11 shops. We’re so grateful for all the support we receive as every pound helps us to continue to provide vital care to local children and families.”
The Bank of England introduced the new polymer £5 note in September and has estimated that more than half the £5 notes in circulation would have been switched for the new ones by January 2017. But there are likely to still be millions circulating the UK, which will shortly not be accepted by shops and restaurants.