Scotmid Co-operative is to use a portion of the money generated from the sale of single use carrier bags in its stores during the previous twelve months to sponsor new volunteer uniforms for St Andrew’s First Aid.
Following the introduction of the 5p charge, Scotmid signed up to Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment, a voluntary agreement operated by Zero Waste Scotland, which asks retailers to report carrier bag sales and commit to donating money raised to good causes in Scotland. Scotmid has so far supported several causes with sponsorship of the St Andrew’s First Aid uniforms being the largest donation to date.
St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s leading first aid charity and has been providing lifesaving care to the people of Scotland for more than a century. Services range from delivering first aid training to members of the public to providing voluntary first aid cover at small and large scale public events, including T in the Park 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.”
Malcolm Brown, Scotmid’s Head of Corporate Communications, added: “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.”
The new uniforms were unveiled at a Hampden park launch attended by teams from Scotmid Cooperative, Semichem and St Andrew’s First Aid. The new uniforms will be rolled out to all volunteers in the coming month. Current St Andrew’s First Aid uniforms will be passed on to support the vital work of First Aid Africa.