Finance News: New affinity card for National Trust

The National Trust has launched an affinity credit card that it hopes will raise more than £2m in the next five years.

The National Trust MasterCard will be offered in partnership with MBNA Europe Bank, following a successful tendering process.

The charity will receive £15 from the first transaction made after the opening of a new account. It will then receive 30p for every £100 spent, and an additional £2 a year while the card remains in use.

The cards are produced free of PVC in order to reduce the amount of carcinogenic dioxins that are released into the atmosphere when the PVC is later incinerated.

The card comes in four different designs to reflect the trust's work in caring for historic properties, gardens, the countryside and the coast.

MBNA Europe Bank has previously provided affinity credit cards for ChildLine and the Prince's Trust.


- The National Trust plans to raise £2m over five years from the new credit card

- The card will be marketed to the trust's 3.4 million members

- It is PVC-free to reduce any harm that might be caused to the environment.

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