Tapping into tech with the Pleasance

Waverley Care’s long-running relationship with the Pleasance is tapping into technology for the 2018 Fringe with the introduction of contactless donations.

For the first time, festival-goers at the Pleasance Courtyard will be able to tap to donate £3, £5, or £10 using a handheld device, alongside more traditional bucket collections.

Contactless payments have become common in shops and other locations over the last few years, but it’s only recently that charities have started trying out the technology.

We’re always on the lookout for ways to make it easier for people to support us and hope that a mix of convenience and curiosity will see lots of people choose to tap to donate.

The device, which we’ve nicknamed Hamish, got its first outing as the Fringe kicked off last week – with a successful test run with Pleasance Director, Anthony Alderson.

This is our 27th year in partnership with the Pleasance and, with the cumulative total sitting at £475,000, we’re hopeful of breaking the half-a-million mark this year.

There are still opportunities to get involved in bucketshaking – it’s a great chance to support our work and soak up the Fringe atmosphere. if you’re interested, contact fringe@waverleycare.org to find out more.

Otherwise, check out the events page for some of the shows supporting our work, and be sure to say hi to the team if you head to the Pleasance Courtyard or Pleasance @ EICC this August.