We did it!

After launching our crowdfunder at the start of this month, last Friday we reached our target of £15,000 pledged. This means the plan to launch a co-operative union for Co-op Bank customers will go ahead.

But there’s a lot more we can do.

Any additional money we can raise above £15,000 will help us set up a more efficient organisation, ready to grow the membership and achieve more of our plans faster. That’s why we’ve now set a challenging ‘stretch’ target of £30,000. This would meet our income targets for the first year.

What’s more, the more members we have, the stronger our voice. So far over 900 people have pledged. Ideally we'd like to launch with 2,000 signed-up members or more, helping us to show the bank we are a force to be reckoned with. That’s just a fifth of our 10,000 supporters.

Annual membership is just £12. So if you haven’t joined yet, please pledge and become a first-wave member of the customer union.

If you have already pledged, thank you! If you can, please help us reach our new targets and make the union as strong as possible by sending an email or Facebook message to any friends or family that bank with the Co-op (or its other brands, Britannia and smile) with this link:

If you use social media, please spread the word:

Tweet your followers:

Calling all Co-op Bank customers! Join the @SaveOurBank customer union to stand up for ethics and co-op values: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/building-a-union-of-coop-bank-customers/

Tell your friends on Facebook:

Calling all Co-op Bank customers! Become a first-wave member of the new independent customer union, to stand up for ethics and co-operative ownership at the bank. Support the crowdfunder to join: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/building-a-union-of-coop-bank-customers/

Or write on the bank’s Facebook page here.