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CJ Lang & Son Ltd, owners and operators of SPAR Scotland, raised more than £80,000 last year for local causes and charities.

The company donated a generous cheque for £4,000 to The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, which supports sick children and their families attending the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh for vital treatment.

The charity provides state-of the art medical equipment and support services for sick children from the east of Scotland and further afield.

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 raised more than £250,000, which has been invested directly into the surrounding community.

Jamie Buchannan, Company Owned Director, said: “We’d like to thank our customers for making this possible. Not only do many deserving charities across Scotland benefit from the monies raised, we also believe it encourages our customers to reuse carrier bags which helps protect the environment”.

So far, SPAR Scotland’s plastic bag usage has decreased by 40% since the launch of the scheme.

Will Guest, corporate fundraiser at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “We are delighted to receive this large cheque from CJ Lang & Son Ltd who owns SPAR Scotland.
“Charitable corporate initiatives, like this one, are imperative in helping us reach our annual targets. By achieving our fundraising goals, we can cover the cost of extra support staff out with NHS provisions, fund new state-of-the-art medical equipment, and pay for research projects.

“Many thanks to everyone who was involved in raising this vital donation.”

The Sick Kids Friends Foundation is one of the 25 chosen charities across the country to benefit from the monies raised. Cheques will be donated to various campaigns from youth clubs, elderly care and specialist medical treatment throughout the early New Year.