Members, customers and staff of Scotmid Co-operative have helped raise £325,000 for the Scottish SCPA, RSPCA and USPCA, through the retailer’s charity partnership.
The funds have supported the Scottish SPCA – Scotland’s longest-standing animal welfare charity – as it educates thousands of children about animal welfare via its Prevention Through Education Programme, which is active in over 1,000 schools.
The year-long partnership saw staff from Scotmid’s food stores, Semichem, Scotmid Funerals and Lakes & Dales stores raise money by participating in a variety of activities, ranging from sponsored walks to zip slides and raffles.
Scotmid’s support for the Scottish SPCA also extended to support the charity’s first ever primary and secondary school film competition, providing awards for the winning schools and individuals.
The £325,000 total means Scotmid has now raised £2m for its last six charity partners since 2013.
John Brodie, Scotmid’s chief executive, said: “Well done to all our staff, members and customers, who raised an extraordinary final total for the Scottish SPCA, RSPCA and USPCA.
“From day one of the partnership, the emphasis has been on fun and fundraising – something that everyone has really got behind.
“I’m also delighted that this year’s achievement has taken us beyond the fundraising milestone of £2m over the past six years for our charity partners – it is a phenomenal achievement that everybody connected to Scotmid can be incredibly proud of.”
Kirsteen Campbell, chief executive of the Scottish SPCA, said, “We are so grateful to everyone in the Scotmid Co-operative family for the most incredible year. This amazing amount has enabled us to deliver interactive workshops to 1,818 schools and 124 community groups.
“We believe education is key to tackling animal cruelty. We teach children from a young age that animals have feelings. We reached over 211,400 pupils throughout the partnership, the majority of which were school children.”