Scotmid donates money from carrier bags to first aid charity

Scotmid Co-operative is funding new volunteer uniforms for St Andrew’s First Aid with the money from the sale of carrier bags. Since October 2014, shoppers in Scotland have...

Scotmid Co-operative is funding new volunteer uniforms for St Andrew’s First Aid with the money from the sale of carrier bags.

Since October 2014, shoppers in Scotland have been paying 5p for single use bags. Scotmid is Scotland’s largest independent co-operative with businesses including Scotmid Co-operative, Semichen and Funeral Directors. They signed up to a voluntary agreement operated by Zero Waste called Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment, which asks retailers to report carrier bag sales and donate money to good causes. The money for the uniforms will come from Scotmid and Semichen stores.

The co-op has supported several causes in the 12 months since the legislation came in, and this donation is the largest so far.

St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s only dedicated first aid charity. It delivers a range services, from carrying out first aid training to the public to providing volunteers for major events such as the T in the Park music festival and Scottish Premier League football matches.

St Andrew’s First Aid chief executive, Stuart Callison said: “This is an extremely generous sponsorship by Scotmid and will make a huge difference to our charity. As a co-operative, Scotmid’s values, in particular their emphasis on supporting local communities and young people, make them an ideal sponsorship partner for St Andrew’s and we look forward to working closely with Scotmid in years to come.”

The new uniforms were unveiled at Hampden Park at an event attended by teams from Scotmid Co-operative, Semichem and St Andrew’s First Aid.

Malcolm Brown, Scotmid’s head of corporate communications said: “By sponsoring St Andrew’s First Aid, we can ensure that carrier bag revenues generated in Scotmid and Semichem stores deliver meaningful and sustainable benefits to our communities and reward those selfless individuals who give so much to keep our communities safe.”

Volunteers will start wearing the new uniforms over the coming months. And the current uniforms won’t be going to waste: they will be passed on to volunteers at First Aid Africa.

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