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Cancer Research UK launched contactless collections across the UK

As part of its World Cancer Day fundraising campaign CRUK launched contactless collections across 16 locations in London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds making CRUK the first charity to approach contactless donation technology on this scale.

Supporters had the opportunity to donate £2 to the charity by simply tapping their contactless card on the reader which was operated by fundraising volunteers.


Ed Aspel executive director of fundraising and marketing and the charity explains “We’ve been at the forefront of contactless giving in the third sector, having launched a small scale pilot in four of our shop windows last year. But this activity takes it to a new level, will ensure we stay relevant, and make it as easy as possible for people to donate in a way that suits them. It really is as simple as popping some spare change in a collection tin and all money raised will go towards our life-saving research to beat cancer sooner.

Cancer research has been working alongside other charities and UK cards Associations to ensure that the trial is successful. The launch represents a wider initiative which aims to bring contactless payments to the sector, CRUK will be sharing the learning’s from this to the sector so a whole we will benefit.

We’re really looking forward to finding out the results from this test and looking at  how we can involve contactless payments in our fundraising in the future.

If you want to find out more about contactless payments you can have a look at our other blogs on the subject:





BeHppy App launches Charity Campaign

Behppy is an app that encourages nothing but happy thoughts; the idea behind the app is that when you share a happy thought in the form of an inspirational quote or a picture you have the chance to earn Hppy coins this is done when someone “smiles” (think of a facebook like or twitter favourite) or makes a comment on your post.

The network is anonymous and when you upload a happy post these go into the hppy cloud where they are shared with other users and you are given the chance to earn your hppy coins. The memories are also saved in a “personal happy place” so users can look back on their happy memories.


The Hppy coin is the app’s virtual currency which is used to reward users for making other people happy and now the app has launched a new update which means you can use your happy coins to make a charitable donation. Once you have collected 100 Hppy coins you can earn charity badge which mean that a campaign sponsors will give $1 to a charitable organisation!

What’s not to love? Happy pictures, happy thoughts and giving to charity! Currently the app is only available in USA  but let’s hope it’s a success and its makes it way overseas.


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