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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 £750 to Inverness High School as unfortunately during the autum two of the schools polytunnels were damaged and now have to be re-skined.

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 risen over £300,000 which has been invested directly into the surrounding community.

Headteacher John Rutter said "On behalf of the pupils and staff of the High School I would like to thank SPAR for their very kind donation. In these times of austerity we are more and more reliant on such support from the local community. We pride ourselves on the fact we are a real community asset and it is great that businesses and their customers want to support us. The money will be put to good use in our continuing efforts to provide opportunities for our young people, both within and outside the classroom." The school have invited SPAR staff of there local store along to see the polytunnels being re-skinned .

Inverness High School 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.