Contactless donations up and running in Southwell Minster

Chief Steward Shaun Boney alongside Amy Bromilow, a student from the University of Nottingham who was the first person to use the machine.
Chief Steward Shaun Boney alongside Amy Bromilow, a student from the University of Nottingham who was the first person to use the machine.

A contactless donations box has been set up in Southwell Minster to help bolster donations at the historic site.

Staff at the building say it costs more than £3,000 per day to keep the cathedral open to the public as, unlike many other cathedrals, entrance is completely free.

The average donation from visitors last year was just 41 pence per person, and because most people do not carry cash with them staff decided it was time to chance the donation system.

Chief Steward, Shaun Boney, said: “Voluntary donations are extremely important for us. This contactless donation box is very easy to use as many visitors have already confirmed.”

The contactless machine is set to £5 but can be moved up or down at the touch of a button, and is positioned inside the North Door entrance.

The introduction of the new donation box falls in line with other cultural and heritage locations across the country that now have the same system in place.