Fewer people carry cash nowadays, this can be a challenge for charities who rely on donations from the public to make a difference to the people that they support. Local homelessness charity St Martins have invested in secure, contactless technology.
The devices are small counter-top boxes and we hope that the option of contactless payments will boost their donations.
The Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich are hosting one of the payment points in their bar area, giving theatre-goers the chance to use their contactless debit or credit cards to tap to make a donation with a quick tap of their card.
Alice Wright, General Manager of the Maddermarket Theatre, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with St Martins to support this important project and to help improve the lives of people in our community.”
The default setting is for £3 and all money goes towards increased housing provision to accommodate homeless people in crisis in Norwich.
Other locations have also come on board, with Norwich Cathedral hosting a donation box in the Refectory up until Christmas and social enterprise Britannia café keen to support the work of St Martins at their locations around the city.
Chief Executive Dr Jan Sheldon said, “We have to move with the times and ensure we take every opportunity to gain support which is why we are trialling these machines. We are grateful for the willingness of local businesses to partner with us. There is a lot of compassion in Norwich for homeless people and we will ensure that every penny donated gives people a hand up and the chance of a more stable life.
For further information about the work of St Martins or to donate online visit www.stmartinshousing.org.uk
Pictured left – right are Director of Productions Jez Pike, Manager Alice Wright and Trustee Trevor Burton