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Red Balloon Appeal Account

The Red Balloon Appeal Account supports the work of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital – we pay an annual bonus to the Red Balloon Appeal based on the average balances held in the account.

Key features

  • A variable rate of interest of 0.05% Gross p.a./AER.
  • Minimum opening balance of £100 (adults) or £25 (under 16s); minimum operating balance of £1; maximum balance of £1,000,000 single (£2,000,000 for joint accounts)
  • Unlimited withdrawals
  • Make additional deposits at any time up to the maximum allowed
  • Interest is paid annually or monthly and can be paid into the account, another West Brom account or to another bank or building society account
  • By opening an account, you’ll be helping Birmingham Children’s Hospital, because we make a cash payment each year to the Charity of up to 0.25% of the total average balance held in all Red Balloon Appeal Accounts.
  • You can use your account at a branch, through the post or over the telephone. You cannot use this account online.
0.05% Gross p.a./AER Variable
Interest Tier Annual
£1 - £2,000,000 AER 0.05% Gross 0.05%
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Summary Box

Account name

Red Balloon Appeal Account

What is the interest rate?

Interest Tier Annual Monthly
AER Gross AER Gross
If the balance falls below the minimum operating balance, the Society reserves the right to close the account. Interest is variable and paid annually on 30 April or monthly on the last working day of each month (or on the first working day of the month if paid to another West Brom account).
£1 - £2,000,000 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.05%

Can the West Brom change the interest rate?

We may change the interest rate we pay on the Red Balloon Appeal Account at any time.

If the interest rate on your account falls, and the balance in your account is £100 or more, we will personally notify you of the change.

All our interest rates are available in our branches and on our website.

If you would like to find out more please read Sections 5d) and 5e) of your General Terms and Conditions.

What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on a £1,000 deposit?

If you saved £1,000 in the Red Balloon Appeal Account the estimated balance after 12 months would be £1,000.50.

This example assumes the initial deposit of £1,000 is made on 11 May 2020 and no further deposits or any withdrawals are made and there are no changes to the interest rate paid on the account over the 12 months. It is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not take into account your individual circumstances.

How do I open and manage my account?

This account can be used at a branch, through the post or over the telephone. You cannot use this account online.

You can open the Red Balloon Appeal Account with a minimum deposit of £100 (adults) or £25 (for under 16s). The maximum balance is £1,000,000 (£2,000,000 joint accounts) and the minimum operating balance once the account is open is £1 for both adults and children.

Additional deposits can be made at any time up to the maximum allowed.

Can I withdraw money?

There is no notice period or charge for withdrawals (subject to branch cash withdrawal limits).

There is no charge for withdrawals paid by electronic transfer direct to your nominated bank/building society account.

If you have chosen to have your interest paid annually, you can access it once it has been paid into your account on 30 April each year.

Additional information

Interest on this account is paid Gross, without the deduction of tax.

Did you know?

Gross interest – Gross is the rate of interest without the deduction of tax.

AER – stands for Annual Equivalent Rate and this illustrates the amount of interest paid on your account if it were to be paid and compounded once a year. All rates quoted are correct as at 11/05/2020.

Identification – when you open an account with the West Brom we may need to confirm your identity. For full details on why this is required and the types of identification accepted please refer to the Society’s ‘Important information on identification’ leaflet.

Personal Savings Allowance – the Personal Savings Allowance was introduced on 6 April 2016 and means that the first £1,000 of overall savings interest for basic rate taxpayers and the first £500 for higher rate taxpayers are free from income tax. (There is no allowance for additional rate taxpayers.) From this date, we stopped deducting any tax from the interest paid to you (ISAs are tax-free). You are responsible for paying any tax due to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). For further information about the Personal Savings Allowance, please contact your local HMRC office.

Terms and conditions

Here you will find both Product Specific and General Terms and Conditions.

The information provided in the Summary Box is a summary of the key features of the Red Balloon Appeal Account. You should also read the Specific Terms and Conditions and the General Terms and Conditions which relate to this account.

Apply now

Download and complete your application form, then send it to us at:

(Please note: this freepost address must appear in uppercase and no further address or stamp are required)

Call us 0345 241 3785

Keeping your money safe

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Your eligible deposits with West Bromwich Building Society are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the UK's deposit protection scheme. Any deposits you hold above the £85,000 limit are not covered.

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