A Liberal Democrat politician raising awareness for homeless people has pulled off a first by appearing to donate cash at a contactless machine using her hands alone.
London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon tweeted a picture of herself donating at one of the London Mayor’s homeless charity tap points at City Hall.
But eagle-eyed followers on Twitter picked up on the fact that Ms Pidgeon appeared to be paying with only the magic of her fingers.
Nicky Cunningham replied to her picture on Twitter to say: ‘This is a great idea. An easy way to make a small difference this Christmas.
‘Just a flippant aside though, do you have magical, healing hands? You appear to be making a payment without a card.
‘Or maybe you have biometric technology? I’m sorry. Seriously, wonderful way to help.’
Ms Pidgeon had tweeted: ‘There are around 9,000 people rough sleeping on London’s streets. I have just donated towards emergency shelters at the tap point at City Hall.
‘There are many more points across London. Donate today.’
As chair of the London Transport Committee it is unknown whether Ms Pidgeon is trialing a new contactless payment chip in her fingers or she just forgot to use her card.
She still got a lot of support for the initiative, even if the picture was posed for effect.
Lee Kenny said: ‘Sad there is a need for this but what a great idea.’
Ms Pidgeon told metro.co.uk there was a simpler reason for why she was not pictured with her bank card.
She said: ‘I used my card to donate but I didn’t want it in the picture.
‘I hope Londoners will donate and that is why I have been helping to publicise this good cause and initiative.’
There are 91 TapLondon points across London which take a £3 donation which is then sent the 22 charities which deal with homelessness in London.
So far this festive season 6318 people have donated raising a total of £18,594.
What is TapLondon?
TAP London is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of homeless Londoners through contactless technology and innovation.
Founded in 2017 by Polly Gilbert and Katie Whitlock, TAP was born of a concern about the growing levels of homelessness in London, and the knowledge that decreasing levels of cash would have an even more detrimental effect on those in need.