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Contactless payments to help Cambridge's homeless

Cambridge Street Aid are setting up two contactless terminals in the city. Credit: PA Images

A Cambridge charity is setting up two contactless terminals in the city to make it easier for the public to donate.

Cambridge Street Aid, a charitable fund which helps vulnerable people off the streets, and Cambridge City Council are setting up the 'giving points'

The pay points will mean people will be able to quickly and easily donate using contactless debit or credit cards or using smartphones.

They will be outside Mandela House on St Andrew's Street and inside the Visitor Information Centre on Peas Hill.

"Introducing contactless giving terminals is another innovative way we are working with our partners to encourage more people to give to the Cambridge Street Aid fund, to help reduce and prevent rough sleeping and the threat of homelessness."

– Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing
Cambridge Street Aids helps vulnerable people off the streets Credit: ITV News

Cambridge Street Aid provides grants to those on the streets to help them with accommodation and employment assistance.

It was established in 2016 to give anyone wishing to help vulnerable people on the streets of Cambridge an alternative to handing over cash directly.

"Street Aid funds individuals in need. So because all Street Aid's administration costs are covered outside of the fund, you can be sure that every penny you donate goes to helping someone."

– Michael O'Toole, CEO of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
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