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£6m donated by mobile to DEC Philippines Typhoon appeal

Howard Lake | 28 November 2013 | News

The DEC has received £6 million in donations via mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones in response to its Philippines Typhoon emergency appeal.
This is the largest amount given to a DEC by mobile devices, and the largest number of mobile donations it has received. It has also been given over a much shorter time period than for previous DEC appeals.

Apple iOS users give more

Donations from mobile devices have overwhelmingly come from Apple iOS users, who have donated £4.4 million using their iPhone or iPad.

Instant donations via text

When the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal was launched over two weeks ago on 11 November, more than one quarter of a million pounds was raised via text messages alone in the first hour. For the first hour of the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal, the figure for text donations was just under £100,000.
Text donations continue to come in, with noticeable surges in response to particular campaigns such as The Sun’s appeal, the televised appeal on ITV during the X Factor, and during the England football match on 15 November.


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Mobile giving to the DEC Philippines appeal in numbers

DEC Head of Fundraising Adil Husseini said:

“We have seen that sending text donations is increasingly popular, and offering people the choice to give via PayPal accounts has also made the process of donating via mobiles, tablets and computers much faster and hassle free for many.
“More than one million people have given money since the appeal began, and the public’s generous donations have helped enabled our member aid agencies to reach hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines who have had their lives torn apart by this disaster.”

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[message_box title=”How to donate to the DEC Philippines appeal” color=”blue”]To make a donation to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal you can donate online, text the word SUPPORT to 70000 to donate £5, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque.[/message_box]