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Co-operative Bank support for charities in September

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Coop Bank doubles support for charities

WaterAid and Greenpeace may soon be making more foreign money transfers as the Co-operative Banking Group promises to give them £30 for every credit card that is opened in September.

The Greenpeace and WaterAid-branded cards usually see the respective charity gifted with £15 for each account opened, however, the bank has decided to double this rate during September.

WaterAid is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has raised more than £245,000 through its partnership with the Co-operative Bank since the launch of its credit card in 2002.

The charity's corporate account manager, Susie Henderson, said: "This doubling of donations during September is going to enable WaterAid to transform the lives of twice the number of people. It costs just £15 to provide someone with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene so everyone involved is making a real difference."

According to the group, 845 million people in the world do not have access to safe water, which is equivalent to one in eight of the world's population.

Furthermore, 2.6 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, which accounts for two fifths of the population.

Greenpeace partnered with the Co-operative Bank in 1997 and has seen £1.6 million raised through its credit cards made with the plastic PETG, which allows the bank to eliminate chlorine and other toxic chemicals from its production.

Colin Welby, head of partnerships at the bank, commented: "We are delighted to offer supporters of Greenpeace and WaterAid the opportunity to support their charity of choice on an ongoing basis while carrying on with their normal spending habits. "

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