Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters Urged to Turn Pennies into Millions in Charity 'Call to Arms'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters Urged to Turn Pennies into Millions in Charity 'Call to Arms'

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Byline: Lizzie Edmonds

COMMUTERS were today issued with a "call to arms" and urged to sign up to Penny for London, which is set to raise millions of pounds for disadvantaged young people in the capital.

The charity scheme sees Londoners give "micro-donations" of as little as a penny every time they use their contactless payment cards on the transport network. Matthew Patten, chief executive of The Mayor's Fund for London, also revealed for the first time some of the projects that will benefit. He said: "We are sending out a call to arms. If we can get 100,000 Londoners to register for Penny for London, we will raise millions for these brilliant projects that help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. "The first funds will be allocated to projects this year from pennies already donated on Tubes, buses and in coffee shops and restaurants.

Then there's the matching funds donated by the growing number of Penny for London partners.

Every time you use your registered contactless card at a Penny for London partner, like Caffe Nero and Leon, many of our partners will make a matching donation."

One organisation that will benefit is Young London Working. Supported by Goldman Sachs, the project helps young people get jobs at 170 leading firms. The scheme has helped at least 440 people since April 2013.

Anisa Ayaz, 22, got a job as a personal assistant at social enterprise Building Lives having struggled to find work after completing a sociology degree. Elizabeth Smith, 24, found work as a property manager at Hamptons International. She said: "Young London Working is making a difference by providing support to those who seek it and, ultimately, assisting them to develop a career."

Members of Haynes MechaniX are also set to benefit. Run by youth club Prospex, it helps 15 to 25-year-olds in Islington gain a City & Guilds qualification in mechanics over seven weeks. …

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