The Royal British Legion launch contactless Poppy collection tins

4 Nov 2016

Worldpay, Thyngs and NatWest have teamed up with The Royal British Legion to make it easier to donate to the Poppy Appeal by using the latest payment technology, in a trial taking place across 13 NatWest branches. With many people no longer carrying cash, two new collection tins have been adapted to allow people to pickup their poppy and donate with a wave of their contactless card or using their mobile phone.

One tin – developed by Worldpay – doubles up as a contactless terminal charging £2 per tap, while another will feature Thyngs styckers which use mobile phone technology to instantly direct mobile users to a dedicated donation page. The styckers are also built into the Poppy Appeal trays. The move will also allow The Royal British Legion to collect gift aid, making sure they get the most from each donation.

The tins that allow donations through mobile phones are already being piloted, whilst the contactless card tins will be tested from next week. If the trial is successful, the technology could be rolled out across the country for next year’s Poppy Appeal and made available to other charities.

The money raised will help The Royal British Legion provide lifelong support to the Armed Forces – serving men and women, veterans and their families. This year, they are asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too. 

Nick Telford-Reed, Director of Technology Innovation at Worldpay, commented:

“We’re proud to be supporting The Royal British Legion. Charities face a huge challenge collecting donations in an increasingly cashless society, but our innovative technology provides them with an even greater opportunity. This is likely to be a growing trend in the charity sector.” 

Neil Garner, CEO at Thyngs, commented:

“It is a privilege to support The Royal British Legion’s 2016 Poppy Appeal in this partnership by transforming the donation tins and Poppy trays into interactive ‘thyngs'. There’s nothing simpler than tapping the poppy design to connect to a compelling digital experience to find out more, get in touch, or donate with Gift Aid. Quite simply better than cash in every way.”

Jane Howard, Head of Personal Banking for NatWest, commented:

“We’re a proud longstanding partner of the Poppy Appeal and it’s an especially important moment for us in the year because so many of our own colleagues have given their lives in past conflicts. We always try to do our bit for the Royal British Legion by raising money in our branches and so we jumped at the chance to help our customers donate in an easier, safer and more convenient way.”


Worldpay: Claire Hardy,, 020 3664 4902 
Thyngs: Kirsty Jarvis,, 020 3355 4760 
RBS: Andrew Horne,, 020 7672 1981


The collection tins will be trialled at branches in Birmingham, Cardiff, Carlisle, Farnborough, Hereford, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Salisbury and Scunthorpe. 

About Worldpay: 

Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to over 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies.  We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types.

Worldpay UK has a 42% market share in the UK and helps businesses of all sizes sell more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone, and on the move.

About Thyngs

Thyngs is a UK technology company that makes everyday objects interactive through a combination of QR codes, NFC, Bluetooth, and Image Recognition, discreetly embedded in special stickers. These enable quick and simple digital interaction via a user’s smartphone. Thyngs work with customer and partners across the charity, events, retail and venues sectors to bridge the gap between physical and digital marketing.

About NatWest

NatWest serves customers in England and Wales, supporting them with their personal, private, business banking needs. NatWest helps customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement.

Alongside a wide range of banking services, NatWest offers businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as manufacturing and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support. 

NatWest has been running MoneySense, an impartial financial education programme for 5–18 year-olds, for more than 21 years. By the end of 2018, NatWest will help another 1 million young people to understand and take control of their finances.

4 Nov 2016