Man raises £7k by counting coins from Bakewell fountain

Tony Verdon (centre) with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and a few of the many thousands of coins collected from the Stables Fountain at Chatsworth House. Almost 260,000 coins were collected raising �7,000 for the macmillan Cancer appeal

Tony Verdon (centre) with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and a few of the many thousands of coins collected from the Stables Fountain at Chatsworth House. Almost 260,000 coins were collected raising �7,000 for the macmillan Cancer appeal

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A Derbyshire dad has raised almost £7,000 for charity by collecting 260,000 of coins from the fountain at Chatsworth House.

With the help of family and friends, Tony Verdon fished out, cleaned and sorted the change at the Bakewell estate in order to donate it to Macmillan Cancer Support, after losing his son to cancer last year.

The coinage, some of which has been in the stables fountain for eight years, weighed 1.75 tonnes and originated from more than 80 different foreign countries.

 

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