12 December 2017
The launch of the new £1 coin left local charities facing the prospect of having to spend thousands of pounds on updating their machinery.
Fortunately Foundation Derbyshire, which supports the local voluntary sector, secured a grant of £2,484 from the Freemasons of Derbyshire Fund for Sight Support Derbyshire for a new counting machine.
Sight Support Derbyshire helps local blind and partially sighted adults and children face the everyday challenges of sight loss, and collection boxes placed in shops and small businesses are a vital source of income for the charity.
In recent years the charity’s counting machine had been unable to accept newer coins like the 5p and 10p, meaning volunteers had to count them separately. But with the machine coming to the end of its natural life and the introduction of the new £1 coin approaching, Sight Support Derbyshire decided it was time to upgrade to the latest model which accepts all coins, old and new.
Claire Winfield, Chief Executive of Sight Support Derbyshire, said: “We couldn’t do the work we do without the generosity of the public, but counting and banking the donations we receive without a counting machine would be a very difficult task.
“Like all charities, we have to plan for replacing office equipment, but thanks to the support of the Freemasons of Derbyshire Fund and Foundation Derbyshire, we have more money to spend on our frontline services for local blind and partially sighted people.”
Photo caption: John Binks, one of Sight Support Derbyshire’s volunteer counters, sitting at the new counting machine with Claire Winfield, Chief Executive of the charity.