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Poundland carrier bag sales result in sizeable donation for Cancer Research Wales

Single price discount retailer Poundland has donated money from sales of its plastic carrier bags in Wales, totalling £32,804.01, to Cancer Research Wales.

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Poundland carrier bag sales result in sizeable donation for Cancer Research Wales

Single price discount retailer Poundland has donated money from sales of its plastic carrier bags in Wales, totalling £32,804.01, to Cancer Research Wales.

This is the first time that Poundland has made a donation of this size to a charity from its carrier bag sales.

Welsh legislation requires retailers to charge five pence for every plastic carrier bag sold. In response, Poundland decided to donate revenue from sales of the bags to a charity chosen by Welsh Poundland employees who selected the cancer charity.

Nineteen Poundland stores from across Wales participated from 1 October 2011 to 1 April 2012 to raise money for the local charity. Retail director at Poundland, Tim McDonnell, will present the cheque to Cancer Research Wales on 28 June at Poundland’s Cardiff store to Charity Director Liz Andrews and fundraising manager Laura Hooper.

Jim McCarthy, CEO at Poundland said: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to give this money to such a worthy charity. The donation means a lot to our colleagues and customers and we are proud to demonstrate our support to local people affected by cancer."

Liz Andrews, Cancer Research Wales charity director, added: "We are absolutely delighted to receive such a wonderful donation from Poundland and we would like to extend our thanks to the Poundland colleagues who selected Cancer Research Wales as their chosen charity. All the money raised will stay in Wales to fund exciting new research which will make a huge difference to the fight against cancer."

The donation is in addition to Poundland’s continuous support for chosen charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support.

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