Coventry Building Society

We are delighted to be supported by Coventry Building Society which has so far raised £16 million for the Legion. 2018 marks a decade of partnership between Coventry Building Society and The Royal British Legion.

Coventry Building Society

Every year since 2008, Coventry Building Society has made a donation to The Royal British Legion based on how much members have saved in their Poppy accounts.

On 7th November 2018, Coventry Building Society announced the launch of the Centenary Fixed ISA and Centenary Bond.

The Centenary Poppy Fixed ISA pays a highly competitive 2.10% tax-free p.a/AER, fixed until 30 November 2023. Partial withdrawals are not allowed before maturity. Closures before maturity are subject to a charge equal to 180 days’ interest on the closure balance.

Meanwhile, the Centenary Poppy Bond (2) offers a rate of 2.10% AER/Gross p.a. for annual interest, 2.08% gross p.a., 2.10% AER for monthly interest, fixed until 31 December 2023. Partial withdrawals and closure before maturity are subject to a charge equal to 180 days’ interest on the withdrawal amount or closure balance.

When staff at Coventry Building Society saw how their donations made a difference, they wanted to contribute more. That’s why they made us their Corporate Charity in 2012. As well as the Poppy accounts, the Coventry now also supports us through fundraising events and by volunteering staff time at one of our care homes, Fields of Remembrance, supermarket collections and City Poppy Days. To date, the Society colleagues have donated more than 2,400 hours of their time.

This year, to mark the end of the First World War Centenary, the Society has joined the Legion’s Thank You movement which is marking the First World War Centenary by saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. 1,223 soldiers from Coventry left home between 1914 and 1918 and never returned. The employees of the Society have been saying thank you to those from Coventry who fell in the First World War in a number of ways; writing personal messages of thanks and planting poppy seeds to each of the 1,223 fallen soldiers from Coventry, cycling the 262 miles from the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and planting a magnificent red oak tree at the National Memorial Arboretum.

From the 8th-18th November they will also be taking over Coventry railway station to pay tribute to each individual who never returned home. The names of every one of the 1,223 Coventry soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War will be displayed around Coventry’s railway station.

Andy Deeks, Product, Marketing and Strategy Director for Coventry Building Society, said: “Railway stations are places of departure and homecoming, but sadly many of our local soldiers never made it home. We’re very proud of our Coventry heritage and our partnership with the Legion, and we wanted to remember and say ‘Thank You’ to those who left to fight in the First World War and never returned”.

“We’ve done this on a personal level with colleagues writing messages of thanks to each of Coventry’s fallen soldiers. All of our branches and many individual volunteers are selling poppies, and more will plant commemorative poppies at the National Memorial Arboretum. This is the tenth year of our partnership with The Royal British Legion and overall we’ve donated over £16 million to support the fantastic work they do across the UK”.

Ben France, Head of Corporate at The Royal British Legion, said: “Now in its 10th year, this longstanding partnership allows us to provide support to the of the Armed Forces Community past and present. In the year we mark the end of the First World War centenary we are saying Thank You to the entire generation who served then, and all generations of the Armed Forces community who have served since. We’ve been here since 1921, and we’ll be here as long as they need us.”

The Society – which has donated over £16 million to the charity in the past ten years – will make a donation to The Royal British Legion equal to 0.15% of the total balances invested in both the Centenary Poppy Fixed ISA 30.11.2023 and the Centenary Poppy Bond (2) 31.12.2023 as at the end of 31 December 2018.