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Contactless payments are ready to donate a helping hand!

Contactless Payments are set to become increasingly involved in charity fundraising appeals. The move comes as statistics published late last year showed an incredible rise in the amount of money spent with contactless devices.
According to the UK Card Association, November 2016 saw a £2,903m spend in the UK through contactless mediums – an incredible 183% rise on the previous year.
Now, that incredible figure is set to be translated onto the fundraising scene, with many charities recognising that people are more inclined to spend contactlessly than with spare cash.
Some major charities have already began trialling the scheme, with the 2015 Red Nose Day producing statues that housed contactless payment points where people could donate.
Furthermore, The Blue Cross then introduced a scheme in 2016 where people could ‘Pat and Tap’ the dogs on show to donate £2.
With contactless payments on the rise, the increasing ingenuity of charities to use these schemes as a means of increasing fundraising totals is something that will definitely increase during the coming months and years.

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Card payment business Handepay celebrates 10 years with Steve Prescott Foundation donation

A card payment specialist is celebrating a decade in business by pledging to donate £10,000 to the Steve Prescott Foundation over the next year.

Haydock-based company Handepay has already handed over an initial £1,000 and raised further funds with a raffle held during the celebrations.

Steve Prescott’s widow Linzi was present to accept the cheque and join in the birthday fun with staff at Handepay’s head office at Westway Park.

Andy Peake, managing director at Handepay, said, “Our company is founded on helping other businesses to save and make money and after 10 fantastic years of being able to do so, we wanted to celebrate with a local charity close to the hearts and minds of all the staff here.”

Martin Blondel, general manager of the SPF, added: “This generous donation from Handepay will go a long way to helping in the local community and to us reaching our million pound mark in donations to our charitable causes.

“Our benefactors include Try Assist who support rugby players seriously affected by injury or illness and The Christie hospital in Manchester, both of whom will be so grateful for this donation and the work it will help them to do.”

He added: “The recently formed SPF Special Causes Fund will support hospitals, researchers and surgeons who deal in Psuedomyxoma related conditions and multi visceral transplantation and ensure that the donations will have a direct and significant effect on people’s lives.”

Staff at Handepay, of whom some have friends or family who have benefitted from the treatment and services provided by The Christie, selected the charity.

Handepay will raise the rest of the £10,000 through a mixture of fundraising activities over the course of the next year.


Mulligan, S. (2001) Card payment business Handepay celebrates 10 years with Steve Prescott foundation donation. Available at: (Accessed: 3 June 2016).

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Charities encouraged to embrace mobile payments

Charities are being urged to adopt contactless payment technology as its usage in the UK continues to grow.

Research from MasterCard has found that one in 20 people are using contactless technology via their smartphone, wearable or enabled payments card once a week or more.

And overall, one-quarter of British consumers said that they intend to use their mobile to make contactless payments in the next 12 months.

Android Pay

Following the launch of Android Pay in the UK, the card payment firm is predicting a rise in the adoption of mobile contactless technology in the UK, opening up the huge customer base that owns a device running on Google’s mobile operating system.

MasterCard points to the security and higher payment potential of mobile payments as key drivers of the increased uptake.

Elliott Goldenberg, head of digital payments, MasterCard UK & Ireland said: “Mobile phones offer people the means to make contactless payments over £30 because the user can be verified, for example by means of their fingerprint.

“The other key difference is the use of digital tokens – in short, your card details aren’t passed onto the retailer because they are not stored on the phone in the first place. As consumers increasingly recognise these benefits, mobile payments will begin to see the kind of growth that contactless has had over the last two years.”


Clark, A. (2016) Charities encouraged to embrace mobile payments. Available at: (Accessed: 2 June 2016).

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Barbican Art Gallery and Mary’s Meals launch contactless donations

Two more charities have announced that they are using contactless donation points. The Barbican Art Galleryand Mary’s Meals both stated that they would be using the technology to raise funds this month.

The Barbican is to install a contactless donation point at the entrance to its Curve Gallery that will enable visitors to donate £2 with a swipe of their phone or contactless card, while Mary’s Meals is putting the boxes in a number of cafes and asking people to give a 30 pence donation: enough, it says, to provide five meals to children in their place of education.

Earnest Labs has created the bespoke contactless payment terminal, called Lunchbox, which launched on Tuesday May 3 through partner vendors Reynolds, ICCO, Mortimers Cafe in London and Lynwood Cafe, Oxfordshire.

Cancer Research UK has previously carried out two trials of the technology, in shops and on the street. Last year it introduced contactless payments to its shops in Kensington, Guildford, Marylebone and Brighton. The trial enabled people to donate £2 by tapping their contactless card on a shop window fitted with an interactive screen. Earlier this year, it marked World Cancer Day by holding fundraising collections using contactlessdonation terminals in 16 locations, again allowing people to give £2.

Comic Relief also used contactless donations points on Red Nose Day this year, letting people make a donation of £1 via statues of famous comedians placed in cities around the UK.


Melanie (2016) Barbican Art Gallery and Mary’s meals launch contactless donations | UK fundraising. Available at: (Accessed: 26 May 2016).


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UK charity collects contactless donations using dogs

UK consumers can now make a £2 donation to the Blue Cross animal charity by tapping their contactless card against specially designed jackets worn by dogs. Each jacket houses a PayPal Here contactless terminal, which launched in the UK in August 2015.

“Maverick the border collie, Cherry the lurcher, Ralph the old English sheepdog cross and labradors Rosie and Smudge have shunned the traditional collection tin in favour of a truly 21st century method and now sport contactless card technology in their specially designed jackets,” the charity says.

“Anyone wishing to donate can simply pat and tap the dog to make a donation using their contactless payment card. The simple, lightweight kit means that, for the first time ever, dogs can do their bit.”

A video gives an overview of the Tap Dogs initiative:

“With today’s increasingly cashless society, it made sense to introduce a contactless option to those wishing to give to Blue Cross,” says Tracy Genever, Blue Cross head of education services. “Our fundraising and events activities are so crucial to helping make sure the pets in our care can be healthy and happy.”



Boden, R. (2016) UK charity collects contactless donations using dogs. Available at: (Accessed: 20 May 2016).



CheaperGroup – Proudly Supporting ‘Newcastle Women’s Aid’ 2016

So, every year at CheaperGroup we aim to raise some money for a good cause – this year our chosen charity is ‘Newcastle Women’s Aid’.

Newcastle Women’s Aid is a charity based in Newcastle Upon Tyne providing support and services for women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse, including Outreach, Refuge, Children’s services, and Training services.

On the last Friday of every month we have a dress-down day in the office, we come in wearing whatever we want (within reason) and in return we make a small donation for our chosen charity. We have 22 team members at CheaperGroup, so by all making a small donation on a monthly basis we can make a HUGE difference in 12 months.

If your company is looking for a great cause to support, why not check out their homepage here:

Finally we would like to say a massive thank you to Newcastle Women’s Charity from the whole CheaperGroup team. The hard work and commitment they put in on a daily basis is truly priceless.