Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens Support The One Fund Boston Benefitting Boston Marathon Attack Victims

  Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens Support The One Fund Boston Benefitting
  Boston Marathon Attack Victims

  Citizens pledges $100,000 to The One Fund Boston, encourages customers and
              colleagues to donate, plans colleague blood drive

Business Wire

BOSTON -- April 19, 2013

RBS Citizens Financial Group today announced its support for The One Fund
Boston with a $100,000 donation from the Citizens Bank Foundation and an
effort to encourage customers, the general public and thousands of bank
colleagues to also support the fund benefitting the victims of this week’s
Boston Marathon attack.

To encourage its more than 19,000 colleagues to donate to The One Fund Boston,
Citizens will match colleague donations up to $1,000 as part of Citizens
Helping Citizens Give, the bank’s colleague volunteerism and charitable giving
program. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino created
The One Fund Boston Tuesday as a central point of support for victims of the
bombings in Boston this week.

“This week’s tragic attack was a direct assault not only on the people who
were gathered in Copley Square Monday afternoon but on the broader Boston
community, and we stand with Gov. Patrick, Mayor Menino and others who are
supporting The One Fund Boston,” said Jerry Sargent, President of Citizens
Bank and RBS Citizens, Massachusetts. “This unified effort will provide
much-needed help to the people most affected by this week’s tragedy, and it
also serves as an important symbol of Boston’s strength and resolve following
the senseless violence of this week.”

In addition to its financial support, the bank will promote The One Fund
Boston and encourage broader public donations through social media, materials
in Citizens Bank branches across New England, ATM messages and banner ads on
citizensbank.com. These efforts will direct customers and members of the
general public to The One Boston Fund’s online portal.

Citizens’ response also will include a colleague blood drive at several
Boston-area locations in the coming days.

About Citizens Helping Citizens

Grounded in the belief that a good bank gives back to its community and to the
people who live there, Citizens Helping Citizens is a program embracing the
community goals of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. – the commercial bank
holding company serving consumer and small business customers as Citizens Bank
and Charter One and commercial banking customers as RBS Citizens. The Citizens
Helping Citizens program comprises five key initiatives supported directly by
RBSCFG and also by its nonprofit charitable foundations, the Citizens
Charitable Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Charter One
Foundation: Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger, Citizens Helping Citizens
Provide Shelter, Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities (economic
development), Citizens Helping Citizens Teach Money Management (financial
education) and Citizens Helping Citizens Give (volunteerism and colleague
charitable donations). Across all of these initiatives, Citizens Helping
Citizens strives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local
communities.

About RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $127 billion commercial bank holding
company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries
has approximately 1,400 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and more than
19,000 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under
the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and
the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch
retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS
(the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.

Contact:

RBS Citizens Financial Group
Jim Hughes, 781-751-5404
Jim.Hughes@rbscitizens.com