EALING Broadway shopping centre’s giant giving box, originally installed for Christmas, will now be a permanent feature, to help raise funds for its charity partners, Ealing Mencap and BEfriend Ealing. 

Located on the ground floor, outside Clarks, it allows visitors to use contactless payment to donate £1, £3 and £5.

Since 1994, BEfriend Ealing has been supporting isolated people in the community. It matches people with trained volunteers who help them take part in activities.

Ealing Mencap provides support services for people with learning and other disabilities to live as independently as possible.

The giving box at Ealing Broadway has helped to raise £1,700 so far.

The centre welcomed back visitors last week as it reopened its non-essential stores.