Oxfam tries out contactless collection boxes in Sainsbury's partnership

The charity ran a two-day trial last weekend at outlets in Amblecote in the West Midlands and Emersons Green in Bristol

Oxfam has trialled contactless donation boxes in partnership with a major retailer for the first time.

During the two-day trial on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April, customers at Sainbury’s stores in Amblecote, near Dudley in the West Midlands, and Emersons Green in Bristol were able to make contactless donations to the charity for a pre-agreed sum, using their credit or debit cards, or their mobile phone contactless payment apps.

Oxfam has not yet been able to confirm how much was raised, but all the donations from the trial will go to Oxfam’s east Africa food crisis appeal to help 16 million people in the region who are facing famine caused by drought and conflict.

Oxfam previously tried out the boxes in its own shops or at events as part of a four-month trial from September last year, which raised a total of £20,000 for the 11 charities involved.

But last weekend’s trial was the first time it had used the technology in private-site fundraising at a supermarket.

Sainsbury’s and Oxfam have been working as partners since 2010. The retailer was last year named a member of the Oxfam Emergency Response network because of its support for the charity’s emergency and disaster work.

Sainsbury’s also supports Oxfam by providing facilities for customers to donate clothing, books and other items for sale in Oxfam’s shops or overseas, or to be recycled.

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