Scotmid Co-operative has announced that employees and customers have raised £144,000 for Maggie’s Centres, just halfway through their charity partnership year.
The announcement was made at a special cheque presentation by Scotmid Chief Executive, John Brodie and Society President, Hollis Smallman, to Maggie’s CEO, Laura Lee, at Maggie’s Edinburgh on 1 February 2013.
The news comes after a bumper six months of fundraising across all of Scotmid Co-operative including Food, Semichem, The Fragrance House, post offices and funeral branches. Staff have undertaken bungee and parachute jumps, a cycle across Britain, an abseil, fitness challenges, dress up days, bake sales, charity nights and raffles.
The halfway result means that Scotmid Co-operative is well on its way to beating their £150,000 fundraising target for Maggie’s, with more initiatives and events planned for the coming months. 30 Scotmid staff will soon be completing the Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike, a gruelling 30 mile cycle followed by a trek through the Scottish Highlands.
Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee said: “I am delighted to be at our first Maggie’s in Edinburgh to receive this outstanding contribution from Scotmid. To have raised £130,000 in just six months is quite extraordinary and I applaud the tremendous efforts of all the Scotmid staff involved. I know everyone at Maggie’s is truly grateful for their dedication and imagination and the sum raised will help greatly towards ensuring Maggie’s can continue to offer its unique programme of support to people with cancer, their friends and families.”
Malcolm Brown, Head of Corporate Communications for Scotmid Co-operative said:
“The innovation and commitment that our teams have shown to raising funds for Maggie’s is truly remarkable and very commendable. We’ve had all sorts of fundraising activities, from an abseil down the Dundee University tower to staff coming to work in their pyjamas to raise money. This amazing half-way result is testament to the wonderful support that Maggie’s provides to people with cancer. We are delighted to have raised this much and we’re looking forward to raising even more in the next six months for this very worthwhile cause.”