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Scotmid raises £135,000 for Anthony Nolan charity

Scotmid Co-operative has raised £135,000 for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan through its ‘Scotmid Lifesavers’ scheme.

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Scotmid raises £135,000 for Anthony Nolan charity

The retailer has reached the milestone halfway through a year-long partnership with Anthony Nolan and is on target to raise £200,000 for the charity by September 2015. The funds raised will help Anthony Nolan to find matching donors for people in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

The partnership between Anthony Nolan and Scotmid - including its brands Semichem, Lakes & Dales Co-operative and Scotmid Co-operative Funeral Directors - has seen more than 5,000 Scotmid staff at 350 stores transformed into the ‘Scotmid Lifesavers’ in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the charity.

John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid, said: “Staff have embraced this very worthwhile cause, holding numerous fundraising events in-store while others have been doing something more extreme, such as one of our store managers who is about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Witnessing her efforts makes us more determined than ever to raise as much as possible for Anthony Nolan during the second half of the partnership.  

“It’s a huge credit to our staff, members and customers that we are well on our way to breaking our £200,000 target and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their continued support.”

Catherine Miles, director of fundraising at Anthony Nolan, added: “We are delighted that the first half of our partnership with Scotmid has been so successful and we are very grateful to the ‘Scotmid Lifesavers’ for raising so much money to help cure blood cancer.  

“The money Scotmid raises for us this year will help us save lives by adding 2,000 new potential donors to our bone marrow register from Scotmid’s retail areas – Scotland, North of England and Northern Ireland.”

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