Scheme raises hun­dreds to help home­less

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

The new dona­tion point to raise money to help home­less peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough has raised hun­dreds of pounds in the first month it has been op­er­at­ing.

On Oc­to­ber 12 the dona­tion point was opened out­side the Argo Lounge in St Peter’s Ar­cade, al­low­ing res­i­dents to use their con­tact­less cash cards to do­nate £3 to char­i­ties in the city which help home­less peo­ple. So far it has raised more than £360.

The project is run by Safer Off The Streets - a part­ner­ship made up of 17 dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the city coun­cil, Peter­bor­ough Soup Kitchen and Peter­bor­ough Food Bank.

The scheme is al­ready hav­ing an im­pact, help­ing more than 20 res­i­dents like Mary and John, who had been us­ing emer­gency ‘crash beds’ at a hos­tel.

Since en­gag­ing with the part­ner­ship at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, they have re­ceived help for de­pres­sion, re­ceived clothe­sand­footwear,and­help get­ting new ac­com­mo­da­tion. The char­ity also helped re­home their dogs to help them move for­ward.

Since the scheme was started, there have been 127 do­na­tions - mean­ing £381 has been do­nated. A fur­ther £220 has been do­nated on­line on a web­site set up at the same time. How­ever, for each £3 con­tact­less dona­tion the mer­chant bank ac­count takes a trans­ac­tion fee of 22p, the rest goes di­rectly to the Safer off the Streets part­ner­ship, while the bank takes 15p from ev­ery £10 dona­tion on­line.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil is fund­ing the run­ning of the con­tact­less ma­chine - which costs £15 per month, as well as the ini­tial cost of £325, and in­stal­la­tion costs of £605.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to make a dona­tion, visit www. safer­

Cllrs Steve Allen, John Holditch and Irene Walsh demon­strate the con­tact­less ma­chine

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