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Rare banknotes are auctioned to raise money for food banks

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Some of NatWest’s rare banknotes are being auctioned to raise money for food banks.

The auction includes notes from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Ulster Bank, the historic National Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England.

Banknotes include a never-circulated Royal Bank of Scotland £50 polymer note serial number AA888888, featuring Edinburgh social reformers Flora Stevenson and Randolph Crescent.

NatWest said some more historic banknotes go back 100 years to World War I and include a 1919 Bank of England 10 shilling note.

The first of the three auctions will take place on November 29, 2022.

A collector’s note featuring Flora Stevenson with the serial number AA888888 is one of the notes being auctioned (Natwest/Spink/PA)

The next auctions will take place this year on December 16 and January 19, 2023.

It is estimated that the auctions could raise more than £400,000.

Proceeds will be donated to the Trussell Trust, whose network of food bank centers support people across the UK.

NatWest also offers customers the opportunity to donate through the MyRewards program to a number of charities, including the Trussell Trust.

Richard Talbot, head of cash and self-service at NatWest, said: “We have been a longtime supporter of the Trussell Trust and we are delighted to be able to extend that support further to help those in need with the current cost of living. Issue.

Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible support from the NatWest team.

“As we enter the winter period, more people need help from the food bank and the food banks in our network are providing more than 7,000 food packages to people in crisis every day in December.

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“But ultimately no one in the UK should need a food bank – we should all have enough money for basic needs such as food, clothing and heating.

“NatWest’s support will help food banks across our network continue to provide emergency assistance to local people in crisis as we work long term to eliminate the need for food banks for good. Huh.”

Arnas Savickas, Head of Banknotes Europe/US at banknote auction company Spink, said: “We are proud that the money raised will be of great benefit to those in need.”

All auctions take place at Spink’s headquarters on Southampton Row in central London.

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