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Representatives from Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital were today presented with a cheque for £2500.00 at SPAR 29 Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

The money has been raised by a joint effort from local Roseburn & Bathgate SPAR stores, through the sale of carrier bags. The initiative, which has seen over a staggering £180,000 being raised for local charities since its launch in 2008, donates the 2p charge from every ‘single use’ carrier bag sold.

Every 2p is collected and donated to a locally nominated charity, benefitting not only the local area in which SPAR serves, but also positively impacting on the environment. Such is the case that SPAR has reduced its carrier bag usage by over 40% since the launch of the scheme.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children – often fondly referred to as ‘the Sick Kids’ – provides a comprehensive range of dedicated children's services, including its own Accident and Emergency Department, caring for youngsters from across Lothian and beyond.
The purpose of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation is to provide extra funding in addition to NHS provision in four main areas which will benefit the 100,000 children and their families who come to the hospital every year.

SPAR Roseburn Store Manager Jim Winton, in agreement with SPAR Bathgate Store Manager Ian MacConnachie, chose to give the monies raised to Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital as he has personally experienced the excellent work that happens there. Both his children have in the past been patients of the Hospital. He said that “The staff do a wonderful job, in breaking down the barriers, children generally have towards hospitals, by creating the perception that the hospital is a nice place to be”