UK charities are sitting on a gold mine after the launch of a range of ‘smart benches’ that accept contactless donations.

Launched on World Cancer Day (February 4th), the initiative between Cancer Research UK, Strawberry Energy UK and MKTG has seen 10 benches installed in the London boroughs of Lewisham and Islington, with plenty more on the way in the future.

People that sit on the bench can donate £2 to the charity by simply tapping their credit or debit card onto the reader, and the seats also provide USB charging points for mobile devices. They even have free Wi-Fi. The days of being bugged by high street charity fundraisers would seem to be numbered.

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