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New debit card allows supporters to round up spending into donations

Royal Trinity Hospice, the oldest hospice in the UK and a charity that cares for 2,500 patients each year, is enabling supporters to make charitable donations via the charity’s own debit card through its partnership with Currensea, which has created a money-saving card linked to existing bank accounts.

All of the donations made using the new Royal Trinity Hospice card will support their Community Palliative Care team, which provides specialist information and care to manage patients’ pain and often clinically complex and rapidly changing needs and symptoms.

Royal Trinity Hospice is the latest charity to partner with Currensea as part of its unique ‘powered by’ programme, launched in 2021, which allows charities to issue branded cards to their supporters so they can roundup UK spending or convert savings made on overseas spending into charity donations.

Emily Carter, Chief Executive at Royal Trinity Hospice said: 

“We are delighted to be partnering with Currensea on the Royal Trinity Hospice card. The stylish new card is a simple way for people across our central and south west London community and beyond to support a vital local charity whilst also benefiting from savings on spending abroad – just in time for their summer holidays!”

Royal Trinity Hospice celebrated its 130th anniversary last year and continues to provide free specialist palliative and end of life care for nearly 2,500 patients each year as well as their families, friends and loved ones.  The hospice is the only dedicated end of life care provider for a population of around 750,000 people living in in Wandsworth and parts Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames and Merton.

James Lynn, Co-Founder of Currensea, comments: 

“Royal Trinity Hospice is a great cause and we’re proud to help boost support for the fantastic work it does. Our latest partnership offers a unique option for people looking for more control over their money and an opportunity to give back to their community.

“Users can now support Royal Trinity Hospice when using the Currensea card at home and abroad. 5p round-ups per transaction may sound like a small contribution, but it can make a huge difference if all the hospice’s supporters take part. Similarly, the Currensea card allows customers to avoid the high foreign exchange fees they typically face when spending abroad, but they can also now support charitable causes instantly and automatically by donating part of or all these savings directly.

“This is an innovative offering for charities such as Royal Trinity Hospice to engage with their existing donor base – whilst also providing an opportunity to directly reach new supporters and boost donations.”

The Currensea card uses secure technology called open banking – a secure data-sharing approach between financial institutions  to connect directly to someone’s bank account with their approval, allowing travellers to make overseas transactions directly from funds in their current account, whilst avoiding high bank fees, and UK users to use the round-up function.

Image credit: Royal Trinity Hospice