People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to help keep the air ambulance in the skies by donating old or foreign currency.

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has teamed up with Cash4Coins after research revealed the average person has more than £60 in unused coins and banknotes around their homes.

Currency of any age can be donated to the charity, including all foreign coins and banknotes, old £1 coins, old British and Irish currency, pre-decimal coins and notes, pre-euro currency and spare change.

The cash can be donated at most high street banks and building societies or via collection boxes in shops and community hubs throughout the region

Emma Gray, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said:

“We rely solely on the support of the public and local businesses to stay operational.

“Donating unused cash lying around the home is a fantastic way to support our lifesaving service in an easy, fuss-free way.

“Without donations, our charity simply wouldn’t be able to save lives every day, so all support is hugely appreciated.”