Passengers using Glasgow Airport in Scotland deposited £20,000 (US$26,230) of left-over currency in six collection globes across the terminals in 2019.
All monies raised through the globes are added to the £140,000 (US$183,620) annual total donated by Glasgow Airport to the FlightPath Fund, which supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organizations across the Glasgow, Renfrewshire, and East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas.
The total amount for the year came from 115 different global currencies including Brunei and Jamaican dollars, Sudanese pounds, Kenyan shillings, Chilean pesos, Sri Lankan rupees and Cambodian riel.
The top five currencies collected were: UK pounds; euros; US dollars; UAE dirhams; and Swiss Francs. Among the older coins donated were pre-1947 shillings (from the UK), which have a 50% silver content, and, also from the UK, a half sovereign 22-carat coin valued at £101 (US$132).
Glasgow Airport managing director Mark Johnston said, “Our FlightPath Fund collection globes normally raise anything between £12,000 [US$15,740] and £15,000 [US$19,670] a year, so to collect over £20,000 is fantastic news.
Set up in 2010, the FlightPath Fund has awarded more than £1.6m (US$2.1m) in support to over 600 local charities, clubs and organisations.