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Abronhill Regeneration Forum representatives were presented with a cheque for £2,000 today at SPAR Abronhill Shopping Centre, Cumbernauld.

The money has been raised by SPAR’s Abronhill Store, 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 Abronhill Regeneration Forum was the creation of local people, who wanted to give the kids and adults alike a safe place to meet and have fun. A state of the art park was built in the area of Oak & Moss Roads, with the help of lottery funding, and community fundraising.

Since then the forum has gone from strength to strength and had a noticeable positive impact on the Abronhill area.

So much so that Abronhill SPAR Store Manager Jen Stewart, felt that when choosing the charity to benefit from the initiative. There was no doubt that it should be given back to the community that supports its local SPAR store, to further develop the area and community relations.

The Abronhill store is a regular supporter of the regeneration forum, offering support to the Annual Summer Gala’s and Xmas Fayre Week. The Funds raised from this initiative will contribute to a proposed new play park and skate park planned for Broom Road.