Penny for London

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Help a young Londoner by donating 1p every day you travel using your contactless debit or credit card.

Penny for London is collecting your pennies through contactless and distributing them to city-based charities. The qualifying not-for-profit organisations support London's children and young people by creating pathways into education, training and employment in the community.

You can also donate every time you buy a coffee, or lunch, at participating retailers.

The Mayor's Fund for London launched Penny for London on 29 October 2014 with Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially opening the scheme.

Customers can use their contactless debit or credit card to donate 1p, or more if they wish, for each day they travel on the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

How it works?

Donating is Easy1peasy.

Contactless payment symbol

If your credit, debit or charge card has this contactless symbol, simply register your card(s) on the Penny for London website.

Choose the amount you wish to donate for each day of travel or for each transaction at one of the participating retailers. Then set your monthly limit which ensures you never donate more than your chosen amount in any month.  

Where do the donations go?

All the pennies go to charity. Initially Penny for London funds go to the Mayor's Fund for London and they are then distributed to other London-based children's charities, who go through a grant application first.

The Mayor's Fund for London will receive 35% which will be used to support their mission to provide young Londoners with the skills and opportunities to get a decent job, escape the threat of poverty and play a full part in London's future.

35% is available to qualifying not-for-profit organisations that apply for the funding and the remaining balance is available to Penny for London partner charities; The Evening Standard's London United, Magic FM's Cash for Kids and the Mayor's Music Fund.

Further information and FAQ's are available on the Penny for London website.

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