The Daily Telegraph

Cash after Covid


sir – A young man stood outside Waitrose on Thursday trying halfhearte­dly to raise money for the Surrey Air Ambulance.

I fished a fiver from my wallet only to be told, apologetic­ally, that he could not accept it. Did I want to partake in a weekly lottery? I did not. Did I want to hand over my bank details or initiate an iniquitous continuous payment authority on my debit card? No. I wanted to give the poor young man a fiver to support an excellent cause.

We are beginning to realise, I hope, that, in the post-covid era, we still need cash.

Christophe­r Pratt

Dorking, Surrey

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