Our previous charity partners have included the following:
2017/2018 – Samaritans – £315,000
Thanks to you, together we’ve co-operated and raised £315,000 for Samaritans, funding 63,000 calls for the charity. Samaritans responds to more than 5.4 million calls for help every year, offering emotional support by phone, email, text and face to face in its 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. With 2,000 trained volunteers across Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, they offer a safe space for people to access support 24 hours a day.
Employees, members and customers from Scotmid, Semichem, Lakes & Dales Co-op and Scotmid Funerals took part in different activities over the past 12 months in a bid to raise money for the charity. Events included an indoor cycleathon with Mark Beaumont, a yoga event with Adam Husler, quizzes and even a sponsored zip slide. Stores across Scotland also took part in Samaritan’s ‘Brew Monday’ and sold copies of the Radio Forth One ‘Kid in the Kitchen’ joke books and a limited edition pack of Grahams Cupcakes.
During the partnership we have been educating colleagues and customers about the vital work that the charity does and have been overwhelmed by the support in reaching our fundraising goal. As well as raising money, we hope that the partnership has played a part in easing the stigma surrounding mental health.
2016/2017 – Childline – £345,000
Once again thanks to you; our members, customers and staff we managed to raise £345,000 for NSPCC’s Childline. beating the original fundraising target by 15 per cent. The money raised will allow the NSPCC-run confidential advice service for children to answer approximately 85,000 calls, emails and online messages from young people who need someone to listen to them.
Childline provides vital free and confidential support 24/7 to desperate children and young people over the phone and online. As part of the partnership, Scotmid also actively promoted ways that staff and customers can volunteer for the helpline to counsel children and young people on a range of topics including mental health issues, family problems, body image, bullying and abuse.
The year-long partnership with the charity saw stores hold various fundraising activities, from dress down days and raffles to skydives, triathlons and long-distance cycle rides.
2015/2016 – Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer’s Society – £375,000
We didn’t think we could do it… but we did it! Thanks to you; our members, customers and staff we managed to achieve our highest every total of £375,000 for Alzheimer Scotland and Alzheimer Society (England and Northern Ireland). These funds will help both charities provide personalized support, care services, community activities, information and advice for people with dementia, their families and carers in communities across our trading area.
Members of staff rose to the challenge once again and pushed themselves to raise lots of money. We had a team of intrepid cyclists who rode all the way from London to Paris in just three days; a brave member of staff who shaved her head, another ran her very first half marathon with only a few weeks’ notice and a combined team from Semichem and Scotmid climbed 3 mountains in 3 countries – all in 24 hours.
In additional to raising a tremendous amount of money, the partnership also helped our staff from across the business understand how best to communicate and support people living with dementia. Many staff have now undergone the Dementia Friend training and a number of our stores have now been categorised as “Dementia Friendly”.
2014/2015 – Anthony Nolan – £370,000
A record breaking partnership and truly a live saving match, the Scotmid family raised a massive £370,000 for Anthony Nolan to go towards recruiting thousands of lifesaving stem cell donors from Scotmid areas.
A superheroes theme was chosen for the partnership and we became ‘The Scotmid Lifesavers’ for the year, teaming up with our communities to attempt to raise a target of £200,000. Such was the success of the partnership that we raised the record total of £370,000 by taking part in everything from head shaves to bungee jumps. Members of Scotmid staff also braved The Forth Loony Dook, and spine-chilling Ice Bucket Challenges. Others designed and sold their own cook book and took part in food tastings.
2013/2014 – Prostate Cancer UK – £280,000
Staff, members and customers from across Scotmid’s businesses have made this the most successful charity partnership in Scotmid’s history to date, nearly doubling the original fundraising target of £150,000.
The money will be put towards extensive awareness of prostate cancer and research programmes aimed at saving the lives of more men with prostate cancer, the most common male cancer in Scotland.
2012/2013 – Maggie’s Centres – £260,000
Staff and customers went the extra mile this year to raise over £260,000, taking part in sponsored skydives, cycles, abseils, fitness challenges, dress-up days, charity nights, car washes, raffles and many other fundraising activities. Scotmid stores also sold 5,000 limited edition charity eco-bags that were exclusively designed by Jack Vettriano.
The funds will be used by Maggie’s to offer free emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends in its network of centres across the UK.
2011/2012 – The Prince’s Trust – £130,000
The Society’s staff, members and customers raised over £130,000 and volunteered over 3000 hours to improve opportunities for young people who have found difficulties in everyday life, whether through missed chances or circumstance.
2010/2011 – Royal National Lifeboat Institute – £200,000
A record breaking charity year for the Society with £245,000 (£45,000 for Alzhiemers Scotland) raised in 12 months. Our staff truly got behind this amazing charity, going above and beyond in their fundraising activities, which included fire walks, white water rafting and abseiling.
2009/2010 – (the Society’s 150th Anniversary year) – £185,000 divided between five charities:
– Cystic Fibrosis Trust – £70,000
– CLIC Sargent – £30,000
– Leukaemia Research – £15,000
– Alzheimer’s – £60,000
– The Salvation Army – £10,000 worth of toys donated
2008 – Marie Curie Cancer Care – £190,000
2007 – CHAS – £62,710. In Northern Ireland, our Semichem stores raised £6,025 for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospices.
2006 – Asian Earthquake Appeal, in collaboration with Edinburgh Direct Aid – £32,500
2005 – Tsunami Appeal – £104,000
2004 – CLIC – £95,000
2003 – Penumbra – £95,000
2001/02 – Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland – £100,000