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CJ Lang and Son Limited, 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 £1000 to Alzheimer’s Scotland. Dementia affects 88,000 people in Scotland; 3,200 of those are under 65 years old. Alzheimer Scotland’s aim as an organisation is to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers and improve their experience so they don’t feel alone.

Angelika Eberhard McKenzie team leader for Alzheimer Scotland said “The donation will help make a real difference to people with dementia and their carers who live in the local area. Alzheimer’s Scotland provides a wide range of services for people with dementia and their carers across Scotland. Our services provide personalised support designed around each individual. In Peterhead we provide a day care facility called the “Forget-Me Not Club” and we also offer home support, as well as support to family members via a Carers’ Support Group. Through our network of Dementia Advisors, Link Workers and a 24 hour free dementia helpline and our services we provide advice and information. We also have a network of branches which work locally to raise awareness to improve the position of people with dementia and their carers.

On behalf of the service and everyone who will benefit I would like to thank JC Lang, Spar for their most generous donation.”

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

Alzheimer’s Scotland 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.