RESIDENTS are being urged to donate their first new ‘hopefully dog-friendly’ fiver they receive to the Blue Cross.
The quirky fund-raiser comes just weeks after the new ‘plastic’ note was released by the Bank of England.
Anyone who gets their hands on one of the new polymer fivers and wants to get involved in the charity’s #FirstFiver campaign can drop it into a Blue Cross re-homing centre, shop or animal hospital.
Those who don’t live near a Blue Cross shop, re-homing centre or animal hospital or do not have a plastic £5, can still donate £5 by visiting www.bluecross.org.uk/firstfiver or by texting FIRSTFIVER to 70660.
Neil Edwards, Bromsgrove’s Blue Cross manager, said: “Blue Cross helps thousands of pets in need every year and is totally reliant on public donations.
“We thought a first fiver appeal would be a really fun way for our supporters to help more pets.
“The new fiver is said to be washing machine safe – let’s hope it’s designed to withstand pets too.”
People are also being urged to share the photograph of their pet with one of the fivers.