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CJ Lang & Son Ltd, 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 £2,500 to CDH UK. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a hole in the diaphragm that allows organs from the abdomen to move into the chest. Sadly CDH can affect about 1 in every 2,500 babies.

Beverley Power from the charity CDH UK said “I was very excited to learn that our cause had been chosen by SPAR Scotland, for the carrier bag donation scheme. I was even more excited to learn that £2,500 has been raised by customers for CDH UK. We would like to thank SPAR and also its employees and customers for helping to raise such an incredible amount.

CDH UK would also like to give a special mention to Joyce Richmond, who is an employee of SPAR and her daughter Rachel who is a survivor of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), who put our registered charity forward for this scheme. Well done everyone and a huge 'thank you' form CDH UK, its families and end users. CDH UK is a volunteer run charity registered in England, Wales & Scotland that relies on voluntary donations to operate and therefore this donation is very much appreciated. This donation will be used to continue to support families affected by CDH.”

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

CDH UK is one of the 33 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.