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Charities to benefit from ATM giving scheme

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Six charities are to benefit from the launch of a new ATM giving scheme which is operating in Yorkshire and Humber.

Customers will have the option of donating money when withdrawing cash or completing other transactions at ATMs owned by independent operator Bank Machine.

Across the country, 30 charities will be supported through the scheme, with the six charities differing depending on which of five regions the ATM is based in, North of England, South of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

In the North of England, Sue Ryder, a national charity providing health and social care for people living with incurable illness, is one of the nominated charities.

Others are Tram Shed Theatre Company, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Impact Family Services, Macmillan, and the People's Dispensary For Sick Animals (PDSA).

Siobhan Nugent, Sue Ryder's head of regional fundraising, said: "We're thrilled to have been accepted for this exciting new initiative which removes some of the barriers to donating funds.

"Cuts to public spending are placing more pressure on our services at a time when we need to reach out to an ageing population and growing numbers of people diagnosed with a life changing illness.

"By swapping the cost of a coffee for a donation to Sue Ryder, through your local ATM, you'll make a huge difference in enabling us to support even more patients and their families through our hospices, care homes, community and at-home nursing services."

More than 550 charities applied to be beneficiaries of the scheme.

Ron Delnevo, managing director of Bank Machine, said: "With the long-term potential to raise millions through ATM Giving, it was crucial to take a thoughtful and measured approach in the process of selecting the charities to participate. To achieve this, we appointed an independent panel of experts from across the charitable sector to make the selection. Sue Ryder was one of the charities selected and we hope that a significant sum can be raised to support their important work caring for people with an incurable illness."