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CJ Lang & Son Ltd, owners and operators of SPAR Scotland, raised more than £70,000 last year for local causes and charities.

The company donated a generous cheque for £3,000 to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland, which is the nation leading charity in the fight against heart disease.

Sadly, coronary heart disease is Scotland’s biggest single killer. BHF Scotland is raising vital money to fund world-pioneering research that aims to bring developments in diagnoses and treatments to benefit people of all ages who are affected by heart disease. They are highly focused on finding ground breaking research that has seen more people that ever survive a heart attack or cardiac arrest than ever before.

The money was raised through the sale of single-use carrier bags, which costs customers 2p per bag, and was collected and donated to a local charity nominated by the relevant stores. The initiative has been in place since 2008 and has already raised over £300,000 which has been invested directly into the surrounding community.

Kathy McIlwaine, local Fundraising Volunteer Manager at BHF Scotland, said: “Our fight against heart disease is only possible thanks to donations from people and organisations like SPAR. We’re extremely thankful, but I also know that the researchers we fund across Scotland are also grateful for such donations which allow them to continue their dedicated work to find a cure for heart disease.”

British Heart Foundation is one of the 32 chosen charities across the country to benefit from the funds raised. Cheques will be donated to various campaigns from youth clubs, sports clubs, elderly care and specialist medical treatment throughout the year.