Giving to charity through almost any cash machine is expected to be possible before the end of the year, the cash machine network Link has confirmed.
The service will allow anyone using one of the 100 million Link cards to make a donation at almost any of UK’s 40,000 free-to-use cash machines.
It will be up to individual machine operators which charities people can give to and what sizes of donations they are allowed to make. However, minimum donations will be at least £1.
No one will take a commission and all money will go direct to the chosen charities.
Graham Mott, head of development and external relations at Link, said that it was not clear whether all operators would have donation screens on their cash machines by the end of the year.
"But certainly some of the major banks will be up and running," he said. "We don’t know whether we will have a major launch or just start trying it out."
Mott said it was possible that some operators would have their machines up and running as early as May.
Link first announced in May last year that "UK banks, building societies and cash machine operators have unanimously agreed to work together to enable charity giving at UK cash machines". More detail of the scheme was announced in the Giving White Paper around the same time.