The public are being urged via Twitter to donate the controversial commemorative coins to refugee charities.
A social media campaign has launched urging people to donate Brexit 50p coins to charity work to support refugees.
The campaign is using the #fiftypeesforrefugees hashtag on social media and first appeared on Twitter on 26 January from Katie MacLean, a refugee resettlement manager at Aberdeenshire Council.
In her tweet she noted that three million of the controversial Brexit themed 50p coins have been issued and that she would be handing any she received to the Scottish Refugee Council.
The coins have been introduced by the government to mark Britain’s departure from the EU. It is hoped the #fiftypeesforrefugees campaign will attract interest among the just under half the electorate who voted to remain.
3 million Brexit 50p coins issued this Friday. If they burn a hole in your heart, donate them to a charity that builds bridges not walls. Me and my pals are all donating to @scotrefcouncil Piggy banks at the ready @sabir_zazai \uD83C\uDF0F\uD83E\uDD1D\uD83C\uDDEA\uD83C\uDDFA #RefugeesWelcome #fiftypeesforrefugees pic.twitter.com/Qv8ahZyopL— Katie MacLean (@MacLeanKatie) January 26, 2020
Katie’s tweet was followed shortly afterwards by Scottish Refugee Council Chief Executive Sabir Zazai calling it a “brilliant idea” and urging people to follow her lead in donating to supporting refugees.
The campaign is being used by refugee charities across the UK, with Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG)|saying it has been “overwhelmed” by offers of Brexit 50ps to help its work.
RRSG has also set up a giving campaign webpage offering ways people can donate their 50ps.
Overwhelmed by people offering to donate their #Brexit50p coins to us \uD83D\uDC9A— Reading Refugee Support Group (@ReadingRefugees) January 27, 2020
We've spent 25 years working to make Berkshire a place of peace, prosperity, and friendship for all Refugees.
Donate your #FiftyPeesForRefugees to help us be here for another 25: https://t.co/zwhBpsePd2 pic.twitter.com/1TDTZSo94z
The social media campaign also has the backing of Choose Love, the retailer where the public can buy gift for refugees.
What a great idea. People are donating the #Brexit50p coins they find to groups upholding the UK’s tradition of welcome & sanctuary. 3m enter into circulation this Friday. We love the idea of using them to support groups creating real peace and friendship.#fiftypeesforrefugees pic.twitter.com/MM6oXsBlQX— Choose Love / Help Refugees (@chooselove) January 27, 2020