Since launching in November almost £2700 has been raised from the city’s Give Leicester donation points and now those wishing to help homeless people can now do so at six more locations in the city.

The new contactless donation points were launched on Wednesday 18 December, bringing the total number of giving points in the city to 15. Give Leicester donation points are now located at: The Exchange Bar, Baxter’s Bakery on Queens Road, Cocoa Amore, Marks & Spencer and Shires Lane. A sixth point at University of Leicester Charles Wilson Building will be up and running for when students return from their Christmas break.

Contactless donation points were first launched in the city in November, thanks to a partnership between BID Leicester, Leicester City Council and Leicester Homelessness Charter to help make giving to people who are homeless easy and secure.

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BID Leicester and Leicester City Council also cover all transaction costs to ensure that 100% of the money donated goes to the One Roof Winter Night Shelter. And how do they work? The donation points are small, contactless terminals, which enable people to make a £3 donation simply by tapping their card or smartphone. Donations go to One Roof Winter Night Shelter, which provides additional emergency accommodation and food during the coldest months of the year.

In addition to the new locations, Give Leicester donation points can be found at Clockwise Credit Union on Jubilee Square, Greggs Gallowtree Gate, St Martin’s Coffee, McDonalds East Gates, McDonalds Market Street, De Montfort University, De Montfort Hall and Knighton Library.

As well as money donated by the public, the Give Leicester scheme has received a donation of £945 from Leicester-based company LoyalFree who make a 1p donation for every stamp collected, and £6,408 from visitors to Museum of the Moon at Leicester Cathedral. This brings the campaign total to £10,045.

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