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Girobank, Alliance & Leicester's commercial banking arm, is making it easy for internet users to help good causes with the launch today of its CharityPay website.

Anyone with a debit card or credit card can make a donation at www.charitypay.co.uk in a matter of seconds, 24 hours a day. They do not need an online bank account.

The first charity to accept funds in this way is Child of Achievement(tm) Awards. It provides grants and donations to help children make more of their lives, as well as organising annual awards recognising their efforts in helping others or overcoming illness and disability.

CharityPay uses the same secure, 128-bit encryption technology as Girobank's existing online payment service, BillPay. Girobank has added a link from the BillPay site (www.billpayment.co.uk) to CharityPay, making it simple for anyone already familiar with the service to make charitable donations.

CharityPay means groups can receive donations without setting up their own costly online payment systems. An extra button on their website is all that is needed to receive donations from supporters over the internet.

Nigel Dumbrell, Director of Child of Achievement Awards, said: "We are very excited by the opportunity presented to us to enable the raising of much needed funding to support our ever-growing national grants programme through Girobank CharityPay.

"It is a very innovative service and I am delighted that Child of Achievement is the first charity to benefit from this new initiative. I hope that many people will support our ongoing work with disadvantaged and physically challenged children, and those with learning difficulties, throughout the United Kingdom through this simple and easy method of donating."

Mary Hanrick, Senior Marketing Manager at Girobank, said: "CharityPay is a very quick and easy way for anyone with internet access to help good causes.

"A number of other charities have shown an interest in our new service. We are hoping CharityPay will become an important new channel for good causes wishing to attract extra funds."




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For further information please see the notes to editor below and/or contact:

Claire Branigan, Child of Achievement Awards Press Office
01932 850006
(claire@childofachievement.co.uk)

Peter Brown, Girobank Press Office
0116 200 3366
(petera.brown@alliance-leicester.co.uk)


Copies of the Child of Achievement Awards or Girobank CharityPay logos are available from the respective press offices.


Notes to Editors:


*Girobank BillPay*

Girobank Billpay has more than 50,000 registered users, who can make payments to more than 150 organisations, including councils, utility companies and the Inland Revenue, via the website http://www.billpayment.co.uk

Girobank is the commercial banking arm of Alliance & Leicester and is the UK's leading bank for cash handling and bill payment solutions.


*Child of Achievement Awards*

Annually organises the Child of Achievement(tm) Awards, recognising the achievements, determination and perseverance of 150 children up to the age of 16 in helping others or overcoming illness and disability. It also provides 150 grants each year to help children achieve more in all walks of life.

Child of Achievement(tm) Awards is a registered trademark and a registered charity.

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