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Cash machine operator asks charities to register an interest in donations

Bank Machine, which has 3,500 machines in shops and garages, calculates that a £5 donation on 1 per cent of transactions would raise £150m a year

Cash machine giving
Cash machine giving

- This article was corrected on 25 October: see final paragraph

A company that operates independent cash machines in corner shops, garages and other locations around the UK has asked charities to register an interest in receiving donations through its machines.

Bank Machine, which says 80 per cent of transactions carried out through its 3,500 machines are free to the public, will select the charities to receive donations from those organisations that apply to it directly before the end of November.

The move follows an announcement in the government's Giving White Paper, published in May, that UK banks, building societies and cash machine operators had agreed to make it possible to give to charity at almost all the country's cash machines from 2012.

Link, which provides the infrastructure for cards and cash machines in the UK, has said it will be possible to make a donation at almost any cash machine with any of its 100m credit and debit cards. Bank Machine is a part of the Link network.

Bank Machine will select a small number of charities which will appear on its screens around the UK. It says it will decide the number it chooses based on interest, and may use different charities in different parts of the UK. It plans to compile a list it will use for a year, and then select a new group of charities at the same point next year.

"If 1 per cent of transactions through our machines were accompanied by a £5 donation, that could raise £150m a year," said Ron Delnevo, managing director of Bank Machine. "We want to give as many charities as possible the opportunity to apply to participate at Bank Machine ATMs."

Any charity wishing to register an interest in receiving donations through Bank Machine cashpoints in 2012 should contact ATMcharitabledonations@bankmachine.com.

- The quotation in the penultimate paragraph was a misunderstanding.  Delnevo referred to 1 per cent of all ATM transactions, not just those at Bank Machine ATMs.

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