Now you can give when taking cash out


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The Independent Online

You can donate money to charities when withdrawing money at more than 10,000 cash machines across the country from this week.

Around 8,000 ATMs operated by Royal Bank of Scotland have introduced the scheme while 2,200 cash machines at Tesco stores will also allow donations.

The RBS machines, including those run by NatWest, Ulster Bank and Coutts, accept donations of between £1 and £150 to eight charities, including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo's and Age UK.

The other charities are Children in Need, the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal, which helps finance relief for people affected by major disasters in poorer countries, Oxfam's Emergency Work and the RSPCA at NatWest ATMs.

RBS machines will also allow donations to the STV Appeal, which helps children and young people in Scotland who are affected by poverty.

Tesco customers can give up to £300 to one of seven charities — Action for Children, Barnardo's, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives and Save the Children. Tesco's Charity of the Year, Cancer Research UK is also included, as well as the Disasters Emergency Committee.

The moves are the first phase of a wider government drive to boost charitable giving, which is being rolled out through Link, the UK cash machine network.

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