Eagle-eyed employee turns £5 in to £51 to boost Macmillan’s fundraising
When Lisa Ferguson of local firm Prospects spotted a brand-new £5 note among the donations for the company’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support she knew it was worth more than its face value. Lisa checked the serial numbers and instead of banking it, the first-edition note was uploaded to an auction site and the bids rolled in. After a tense weekend the note sold for £51, boosting the total raised by the company to £360.
Lisa Ferguson, who found the note, commented: “It was a great find because instead of £5 we have been able to give Macmillan 10 times more. It is win-win for everyone. We were joking in the office about how some of the new notes were valuable when I realised we had one.
“It was the easiest fundraising we’ve ever done. In fact the hardest bit was finding someone who had an eBay selling account. We will definitely be looking for unusual notes and coins again in the future.”
Local employer, Prospects, encourages its teams to get involved in fundraising for various charities and staff have raised more than £10,000 this year across the country. This year colleagues across the group were delighted to support Macmillan’s coffee morning by baking and selling cakes at coffee time.
The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life.