The Co-operative Bank donates £28,000 to community groups across the UK

The Co-operative Bank is donating £28,358 to help community groups across the UK carry on making a positive difference

Online PR News – 20-June-2009 – – June 2009 - The Co-operative Bank is donating £28,358 to help community groups across the UK carry on making a positive difference, through its Community Directplus account.

The Community Directplus account gives community groups a bank account with free banking, with the added bonus of being able to gain additional financial support for their community projects.

As a benefit of the account, The Customer Donation Fund makes twice yearly donations to Community Directplus customers. Since the account was launched in 2003, it has given over £220,000 to 266 groups that undertake important work within local communities.

The projects which will benefit from funding include, a project to build a wildlife garden in a school, the building of a skate park, the setting up of a parent and toddler group and the purchasing of computer equipment to help an isolated community.

John Barker, Head of Business Banking at The Co-operative Bank comments: “In the difficult economic times we have had over the past year, these donations will really help to support community groups across the UK to fund projects that reach to the heart of their communities.”

At The Co-operative Bank community involvement is an integral part of the business and the Customer Donation fund helps us to support other organisations that carry out exemplary work at a local level.


For further information contact:

Alejandra Solis / Catherine Laycock
The Co-operative Financial Services Press Office
Tel: 0161 903 3808 / 3833
Fax: 0161 903 2751
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Community Directplus is the leading bank account for community organizations, charities and social groups. In addition to providing the opportunity to apply for financial support via the customer donation fund, other benefits include free banking, credit interest on balances over £2,000 and a choice of easy ways to manage the account, from online and telephone to branch and the Post Office.

More information on The Co-operative Bank Community Direct plus Account can be found at

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