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Christmas came early for Strathcarron Hospice as they received an early Christmas present in the form of a cheque for £5250 from local SPAR stores owned and operated by C J Lang and Son Limited. The money has been raised from local SPAR stores in central region, owned and operated by C J Lang and Son Ltd. SPAR stores in Airdrie, Camelon, Larbert, Bo’ness, Main Street Coatbridge, Russelcolt Street Coatbridge, Abronhill and Allanton all contributed to the fundraising. CJ Lang and Son Ltd Company Owned Stores Director Jamie Buchanan presented the cheque to Jim Brown of Strathcarron Hospice at SPAR Camelon on 3rd December. The monies donated have been raised through the sale of carrier bags in the many SPAR convenience stores owned and operated by SPAR Scotland wholesaler and retailer CJ Lang and Son Limited. The funds generated from the sale of every single use carrier bag in store are donated to charity. The scheme, where bags are sold at 2p, has been running since September 2008 and has so far raised a staggering £112,000 for a variety of local Scottish charities including £60,000 for Scottish kids charity CHILDREN 1ST. Jamie Buchanan, Company Owned Stores Director commented: “£112,000 is an enormous amount of money to have raised we will be sharing this with the many well deserving charities throughout Scotland. Strathcarron Hospice was the charity of choice within the local community and we are delighted to be able to donate money back into the local areas surrounding our stores.” Not only has the Dundee group been raising much needed funds for charity but they have been doing their bit for the environment. The 2p carrier bag scheme highlights the idea of reusing and recycling carrier bags. Indeed, SPAR stores also stock a range of alternatives to single use bags such as Reusable, Black Woven and Jute Bags. The knock on effect of charging for carrier bags is that it encourages customers to recycle or use reusable bags therefore producing less waste. The amount of carrier bags that the company have been using has been reduced by 48.2 % percent since the scheme started in September 2008, a win - win situation all round. CJ Lang and Son Limited own and operate 91 SPAR stores throughout Scotland and supply delivered wholesale goods to over 300 SPAR convenience stores across Scotland. Photograph attached shows from l-r: CJ Lang and Son Ltd Company Owned Stores Director Jamie Buchanan, Kirsty Walker SPAR store employee, Isobel Stewart SPAR store employee, Mark Stevenson SPAR store manager, Jim Brown of Strathcarron Hospice, David Thomson C J Lang and Son Ltd Area Manager

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