VocaLink Scales Charity Heights
on: March 10, 2010, 5:52 am
VocaLink, the specialist provider of transaction services to
banks, has launched a scheme to help raise money for Bonita Norris in
her attempt to become the youngest British female to reach the summit
of Mount Everest, in order to raise money for Global Angels.
VocaLink, as the official sponsor of the challenge, is trying to raise funds for
Bonita and the Global Angels charity through its network of almost 50,000 Mobile
Phone Top-Up (MPTU) ATMs across the UK.
To raise the money, VocaLink has managed to get together some of the major UK banks*
who have agreed to donate 5p to Global Angels every time someone tops-up a mobile
phone** during March and April using a VocaLink ATM.
Bonita will be climbing Mount Everest to raise money for Global Angels, an
international foundation which champions the causes of children around the world to
help provide sustainable solutions. Every pound received from public donations goes
directly to projects working at grass-roots level to empower children and their
Bonita will be looking to climb Mount Everest’s towering 8,848 meters during May
2010 when conditions are at their best. To complete her climb, Bonita will be
putting herself at risk from the dangers of frostbite, hypothermia, snow-blindness,
alongside the many other perils associated with extreme altitude climbing.
The MPTU service is available through ATMs bearing the green top-up logo which
include Barclays, Bank Machine, Cardpoint, Cashzone, Clydesdale Bank, Cooperative
Bank, Coventry Building Society, First Trust Bank, Halifax, Hanco, HSBC, Infocash,
Lloyds TSB, Nationwide Building Society, Nat West, Note Machine, Royal Bank of
Scotland, Sainsbury’s Finance and Yorkshire Bank.
In addition to the Mobile Phone Top-Up service, Bonita is also auctioning 3 flags
which will feature the highest bidders name or personal message. Bonita will take
the flags up Mount Everest on her record breaking journey. The first flag auction
will run from the 8th to the 14th March, the second flag 15th-21st and the third
flag 22nd -28th.
Notes to editors:
*Participating Banks include: Lloyds TSB, Nationwide, Bank of Scotland, Barclays,
RBS, Halifax, HSBC, Natwest, Coventry, Cooperative Bank, Clydesdale, Yorkshire Bank,
First Trust, Tescos Finance, Sainsbury’s Finance.
**Participating Mobile Phone Operators include: O2, Orange, Vodafone, T-mobile,
Virgin Mobile, Tesco Mobile.
VocaLink is a specialist provider of transaction services to banks, their corporate
customers and Government departments. The company processes domestic and
international automated payments and provide ATM switching solutions. On a peak day,
the VocaLink automated payment platform processes over 90 million transactions and
over half a billion in a month.
VocaLink processing services offer banks euro payments reach throughout the SEPA and beyond and are complemented by value-added services that leverage industry
expertise and technical capabilities. VocaLink's Faster Payments service is leading innovation in the payments industry.
For further information, please contact:
Senior Programme Manager
2-6 Northburgh Street
+44(0)20 7608 4658