York Mind is taking a step forward in fundraising technology with the launch of six contactless donation devices at locations in and around York.
From World Mental Health Day today (10 October), six contactless donation devices will be available in shops and counter tops for members of the public to contribute towards the work of York Mind.
With a simple tap of any contactless card or Apple Pay device, donors can make an automatic donation of £3 – with on-screen options to increase the value of their donation to up to £30.
The technology is the first of its kind for the charity, and a short celebration involving York Town Crier Ben Fry launched the devices outside M&S York on Parliament Street on Thursday.
The devices can be found within M&S York Parliament Street, Rafi’s Spicebox on Goodramgate, Sandburn Hall Golf Club Sports Bar and York Rugby Club on Shipton Road.
York Mind’s fundraising manager Holly Bilton said it was an exciting development:
As we move towards a society where less and less people are carrying cash, it’s really important for us to provide another way for people who would like to donate to our work.
We are extremely grateful to our partners at M&S York, Rafi’s, Sandburn Hall and York Rugby Club for housing the devices, and for supporting our vital mental health services which include Counselling, Young People’s Services, Advocacy, Activity Groups and our brand new Staying OK project.
Marks and Spencer York store manager John Wade said his team and customers have really got behind fundraising for York Mind.
“It’s a fantastic partnership and I’m really excited for M&S York to be one of the locations for the contactless donations units, which make it even easier to donate to this important charity,” he said.
York Mind supports around 4,500 people in York every year and needs to constantly raise funds to support individuals to continue their lives with a variety of mental health conditions.