New contactless donations from Clockwise Credit Union support Leicester homelessness charity

By Patrick Thorpe posted 15-11-2019 15:08:18


Clockwise Credit Union joins several organisations across Leicester, taking part in a new initiative 'Give Leicester', improving the lives of the city’s most vulnerable.

People who want to help rough sleepers in the city can now support a local night shelter using new donation points across Leicester. Donations collected over the first six months of the scheme will go towards the One Roof Winter Night Shelter operated by local charity, One Roof Leicester.

Local contactless donation points are installed in shops, cafes and public buildings in the city, enabling people to make a £3 donation by simply tapping their card. Clockwise has set up a giving point outside its office in the city allowing supporters and members to donate with a simple tap of a contactless card on the outside of its branch window. Since setting up the donation point, out of the 16 across the city, Clockwise’ has had the most usage from members of the community.

Chief Executive of Clockwise Credit Union, Teresa Manning said: "We are delighted to have been asked to host a giving point and to support such a worthy local charity. We are hoping that siting it next to our ATM will encourage people to 'tap and give' as they use the machine."

The scheme has been organised and funded by BID Leicester and Leicester City Council, who are also paying all transaction costs to ensure that 100% of the money donated goes to the One Roof Winter Night Shelter.

BID Leicester Director, Simon Jenner, said, “It’s fantastic to be able to launch Give Leicester, a project that will use technology and innovation to help to improve the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people.”

City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said: “Leicester people are tremendously generous and we know that they also want to help. The Give Leicester scheme will make it very easy for them to give money directly to local charities who are working with rough sleepers and get them the support they need.”

Commenting on the credit union’s new donation scheme, ABCUL CEO, Robert Kelly, said: “Their social mission, social conscience and ethical base means that they provide a real daily difference to people’s lives in such a positive way.  It represents such powerful local community activism.”