Scotmid smashes £150k Prostate Cancer UK fundraising target
Scotmid Co-operative has smashed its fundraising target of £150,000 just six months into its year-long charity partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.
The funds will be used by Prostate Cancer UK to help raise awareness of the disease in communities throughout Scotland.
The news comes as the charity launches its new campaign ‘Men United v Prostate Cancer,’ which uses the language of sport to engage men in the fight against the disease. Scotmid Co-operative has signed up as one of the first and most high profile supporters of the campaign.
Staff, members and customers across the Scotmid Co-operative’s 350 outlets – which includes Scotmid, Semichem, Lakes and Dales Co-operative, funeral branches and post offices – are now gearing up to raise as much as possible for Prostate Cancer UK during the remainder of the partnership.
Teams have already taken part in a number of inspiring fundraising challenges including zipsliding across the River Clyde and cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, amongst other fitness challenges. Furthermore Karen Grant - Branch Supervisor at Scotmid’s Bishopmills store in Elgin - shaved her head in support of the partnership in October, while over 70 staff grew moustaches as part of the Movember campaign, which provides funds to Prostate Cancer UK. Scotmid has also held a national talent contest for staff, raising nearly £40,000.
Malcolm Brown, head of corporate communications for Scotmid Co-operative said: “We are amazed and very proud to have already achieved our fundraising target for our charity of the year, Prostate Cancer UK. This achievement is testament to the important work that Prostate Cancer UK do to help more men survive prostate cancer and we are so pleased at how our staff, customers and members have shown their support so far. For the news to come on the same day that we have pledged our support for Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign has been an added bonus. We are now hoping to raise over £200,000 during the rest of our charity year.”
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