B&M stores across the country have raised more than £650,000 through the new carrier bag charge to help local charities.
Since the mandatory carrier bag charging was introduced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland last year the discount retailer has collected enough funds to support more than 30 local charities. One of which is The Candice Colley Foundation, based in Hoylake who will receive the £20,000 raised by local shoppers who purchased carrier bags in store.
Candice Colley was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in 2006 and after many years of treatment and fighting back at the disease, Candice sadly died on Monday 27th December 2010.
After her death her family and friends set up the foundation and found that there were gaps in the UK’s supportive network which they wanted to try to fill. They aim to help leukaemia and other blood cancer patients and their families on Ward 30 at Arrowe Park Hospital and The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at The Royal Liverpool Hospital, by providing little gestures to “make life a little easier” for them.
B&M have donated £20,000 raised from the sale of carrier bags in local stores and the charity plan to use the money to assist those in need with grants to cover medical bills, rent and daily needs.
Candice’s mum, Angela, said: “The grants are a really important part of what we do, often people have had to leave work due to their own, or a loved ones, illness and a little help with those practical things such as bills can really change their lives.
“Our main aim when we first started was to help local people affected by the illness in memory of Candice so it is a great thing to know that local stores and shoppers are supporting us so we can continue to help those who need it in the area.”
She added: “We are all so overwhelmed by the generous donation from B&M, I cannot thank them enough – it is actually making me emotional just thinking about it.”
Further to this, the money raised will also allow the fundraising team to give out gift bags at Christmas to those suffering so that they can enjoy a little treat during what can often be a really stressful and upsetting time.
B&M Area Manager, Simon Smith, said: “My team nominated The Candice Colley Foundation because they felt it’s an amazing local charity who deserve our support, the work they do is outstanding and we want to make it a little easier for them to continue providing those who need it with their thoughtful gestures.”