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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 £1000 to Macmillan Cancer Support which was chosen due to local lad, Josh Moran. At the age of 7, he wrote a book entitled ‘Rosie the Lamb’ which is printed free of charge by nearby printers and sold locally with 100% of monies donated to Macmillan, which is a charity close to Josh’s heart after his grandfather passed away several years ago.

SPAR staff were delighted to present Josh with a little present for his hard work – a personalised Liverpool FC shirt, a signature of photo of Steven Gerrard and a signed certificate from the team!

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 over £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.

Macmillan Cancer Support 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.