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Guide Dogs are after your treasure!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but any old jewellery, coins, watches and keys will be good enough for a guide dog puppy!

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is launching a new fundraising appeal, encouraging people throughout the Midlands, South West and Wales to donate these often forgotten metallic items.

Foreign and old coins can become lost over time in the bottom of drawers, sharing their space with out of fashion necklaces and rings, or keys that no longer have a lock.

Of no value to their owner, they can make a real difference to blind and partially sighted people, helping to finance the training of future guide dogs.

At today’s prices recycling is a valuable fundraiser for Guide Dogs. The charity can make complete face value on all major currencies, such as Euros and American Dollars. Similar rate of return is possible on old British coins, such as 5p, 10p, 50p.

At today’s prices, chrome plated brass is worth £1.60 per kilo, and silver, nearly £4 per ounce. This means, added to the cost of other metals, old keys, watches and jewellery are also valuable commodities to the charity.

Sue Davenport of Guide Dogs explains: "We’re confident that most people will have a few foreign coins tucked away, or a watch they never plan to wear again, so this is a fundraising appeal that everyone can support.

"This year is the 75th anniversary of the first working guide dogs in the UK, and with these fantastic dogs so precious to their owners, it’s a great year to launch our Treasure Hunt fundraising and recycling appeal."

To make your contribution to the Treasure Hunt fundraising appeal, post your coins, old jewellery, watches and keys to Guide Dogs, Edmondscote Manor, Warwick New Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 6AH, or phone 01926 333421 for further information.