DOLPHIN CLUB BAGS AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM SPAR SCOTLAND

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Christmas came early for The Dolphin Club as they received an early present in the form of a cheque for £1800 from Local SPAR stores owned and operated by C J Lang and Son Limited. The money was raised from stores in the Grangemouth area. SPAR Newhouse Road, Central Avenue and Charlotte Dundas donated the funds to the club. CJ Lang and Son Ltd Company Owned Stores Director Jamie Buchanan presented the cheque to Ian Jenkins and George Bolton from the Dolphin Club at SPAR Charlotte Dundas on 3rd December.

The monies donated have been raised through the sale of carrier bags in the many SPAR convenience stores owned and operated by SPAR Scotland wholesaler and retailer CJ Lang and Son Limited. The funds generated from the sale of every single use carrier bag in store are donated to charity. The scheme, where bags are sold at 2p has been running since September 2008 and has so far raised a staggering £112,000 for a variety of local Scottish charities including £60,000 for Scottish kids charity CHILDREN 1ST.

Jamie Buchanan, Company Owned Stores Director commented:
“£112,000 is an enormous amount of money to have raised we will be sharing this with the many well deserving charities throughout Scotland. The Dolphin Club was the charity of choice within the local community and we are delighted to be able to donate money back into the local areas surrounding our stores.”

Not only has the Dundee group been raising much needed funds for charity but they have been doing their bit for the environment. The 2p carrier bag scheme highlights the idea of reusing and recycling carrier bags. Indeed, SPAR stores also stock a range of alternatives to single use bags such as Reusable, Black Woven and Jute Bags. The knock on effect of charging for carrier bags is that it encourages customers to recycle or use reusable bags therefore producing less waste. The amount of carrier bags that the company have been using has been reduced by 48.2% since the scheme started in September 2008, a win - win situation all round.

The Dolphin Club runs a swimming session in Grangemouth Sports Complex, Abbots Road and is dedicated to people with Special Needs, Physical Disability or anyone recovering from a stroke, injury, arthritis etc. There is no age limit youngsters to senior citizens can take part.

CJ Lang and Son Limited own and operate 91 SPAR stores throughout Scotland and supply delivered wholesale goods to over 300 SPAR convenience stores across Scotland. Stores in Newhouse Road, Charlotte Dundas and Central Avenue Grangemouth contributed funds to the Dolphin Club.

Photograph attached shows from l-r: Brian Dundas SPAR store employee, Company Owned Stores Director Jamie Buchanan, Ian Jenkins Dolphin Club Treasurer and Secretary, John Swinney SPAR store manager, George Bolton Dolphin Club Chairman, David Thomson CJ Lang and Son Ltd Area Manager and Patricia Forsyth SPAR Assistant Store Manager.