Londoners appalled by the growing levels of rough sleepers on the capital's streets can now make contactless donations to homelssness charities through a network of terminals across the city.
The compact TAP donation points have so far been installed in 35 locations across London, with more than 90 to appear across the capital this winter. Each tap of the card on the terminal deducts a £3 donation, which will be split between the 22 charities comprising the London Homeless Charities Group.
The Mayor of London Sadik Khan launched the scheme at City Hall, where one of the building’s windows now has a donation point. The other donation points are located in busy areas around the capital.
The Mayor urged Londoners to donate to the campaign and also to use the Streetlink app and website to alert outreach services to rough sleepers needing support.
“Last year, Londoners’ generosity helped us raise nearly £200,000, and referrals to Streetlink went up by 45 per cent over the winter," he says. "These new contactless donation points will make a big difference in encouraging Londoners to do their part to help."