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The Royal British Legion tries NFC for Poppy Appeal

The 2013 Poppy Appeal tried NFC giving in Birmingham

The Royal British Legion has used NFC to make it easier for consumers to make a donation to the 2013 Poppy Appeal, in partnership with Proxama and mobile commerce and marketing platform Paythru.

For Birmingham’s Poppy Day on Tuesday this week 20 collection tins and 12 posters in five locations — Victoria Square, New Street Station, Snow Hill Station, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Airport — were equipped with NFC tags, allowing the public to ‘tap the poppy’ on the tins or posters to make a donation to the charity.

When consumers tapped the tags, they were redirected to a website where they chose the amount of their donation and filled out their bank details for the payment. QR codes were also used for those without an NFC smartphone.

“It is great to be working with Proxama and Paythru on the Poppy Appeal,” says Claire Rowcliffe, Midlands regional fundraising manager for The Royal British Legion.

“Their support to The Royal British Legion is invaluable and will enable people to donate easily and directly with their smartphones. We’re hoping that this will make it easier for people to support The Royal British Legion on their way to and from work, adding to the success of the Poppy Day and Poppy Appeal.”

“With people on the move so much, carrying loose change isn’t something we all do,” adds Neil Garner, CEO of Proxama. “By enabling people to donate through their smartphones, which we rarely leave home without, it makes the process easier and more convenient, whilst benefiting important charities.”

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