More than £78,000 has been raised for the Mayor of London’s homelessness campaign, with about 40 per cent coming from digital giving.
Two weeks ago, Mayor Sadiq Khan launched 35 contactless donation points across the capital that enable Londoners to donate to the London Homeless Charities Group, a consortium of 22 charities. Since then another 18 points have been opened by TAP London, a non-profit organisation that uses technology to tackle homelessness in the city. Londoners have tapped to donate 2,581 times, raising £7,743.
That figure has been boosted by the campaign’s GoFundMe page which has received £23,576, taking the total to £31,319. A single donation of £47,500 from the Berkeley Foundation made up the rest.
Khan praised the generosity of donors when he visited a "staging post" for rough sleepers in Southwark. The service is part of his No Second Night Out programme, which offers rough sleepers short-term accommodation and support to help them stay off the streets.
"It’s fantastic to see this year’s campaign get off to such a great start, with Londoners donating through the new TAP London contactless points and online," the mayor said.
There are 54 donation points in the capital. More than 90 in total are expected to be put in place throughout the winter by TAP London.