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Cambridge gets extra contactless payment points to help the homeless

A contactless payment point in Cambridge Photo:

Three new contactless donation points are being launched in Cambridge to help rough sleepers.

People will be able to use their debit or credit cards, or smartphones, to quickly give money to the charity Cambridge Street Aid.

The terminals will be installed at Co-op stores on Mill Road, Chesterton Road and at Burwell.

Earlier this year the first two contactless terminals were installed in the window of the council’s customer service centre at Mandela House on St Andrew’s Street, and inside the Visitor Information Centre, situated on the Peas Hill side of the Guildhall.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “Since it was first launched, the Cambridge Street Aid fund has really struck a chord with Cambridge residents and visitors wishing to help people move on with their lives.

"One of the great features of Street Aid is that every successful grant begins with a person on the street hearing about it and deciding for themselves what would help them improve their lives, after discussing it with a support worker.

“By introducing more of these contactless giving terminals with our partners we are making it even easier for people to help make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”