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Local charities offered free mentoring, advice, & meeting space alongside new savings account

Local charities offered free mentoring, advice, & meeting space alongside new savings account

Local charities are being offered mentoring and advice as well as free meeting space alongside a new savings account from Hinckley & Rugby.

The new Charity Accumulator deposit account has been designed so charities can earn interest to fund their work, and access the expertise in Hinckley & Rugby’s boardroom and departments such as HR, IT, marketing and finance.

Charities based in Hinckley & Rugby‘s heartlands may also be able to use meeting space at the Hinckley head office or one of its larger branches such as Rugby and Nuneaton.

Colin Fyfe, who became the building society’s Chief Executive a year ago, said:

“We want to be not only a trusted place for charities to put their money to work, earning good interest. We also want to be an active partner, helping those charities that can benefit from the skills and know-how of our teams and colleagues. We are keenly aware that charities sometimes struggle to find and fund the specialist skills they need and that we may have the experience and knowledge to plug those gaps.

“We recently launched our Charity Assist Mortgage, which homebuyers choose knowing that Hinckley & Rugby will then help homeless people move into a home and full-time work with Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland. The new Charity Accumulator similarly adds a new dimension to our community engagement, by inviting charities to see the Society as more than a financial service provider. We have knowledge to share with them from running a successful business for more than 150 years.”

The Charity Accumulator comes in two versions – a 90-day notice pays 1.20% interest and an easy access version pays 0.75%. Both are variable rate accounts with a minimum deposit and balance of £1,000 and a maximum deposit of £500,000.

Recent months have also seen Hinckley & Rugby introduce charity champions at some of its branches. Sarah Boneham (Rugby and Nuneaton), Rita Hawkins (South Wigston and Lutterworth), and Jamie Clarke (Hinckley, Coalville and Broughton Astley) are leading their branches’ volunteering and other activities.

Rita Hawkins said:

“We’re keen to grow our involvement with our communities in Leicestershire and Warwickshire and looking forward to welcoming our new Charity Accumulator customers to our branches to see how we can work together.”


Main image: (l-r) Hinckley & Rugby branch charity champions Sarah Boneham, Jamie Clarke, and Rita Hawkins

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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