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Sandiway shop donates 5p bag charge to charity

Handley's News and Convenience Store raises cash for St Luke's Hospice

Ian Handley and Vickie Baddeley

A newsagents and store in Sandiway has donated more than £100 to charity following the introduction of the 5p bag charge.

Handley's News and Convenience Store donated £135 to St Luke's Hospices, raised from contributions from customers purchasing the bags.

Introduced in October 2015, the 5p bag charge became a requirement for all large retailers and optional for small convenience stores and Ian Handley decided to present the charge to customers but donate the contributions to the hospice.

Mr Handley has had personal experience of the service provided at St Luke's. He said: "My grandmother was at St Luke's about 12 years ago. It's an amazing place and it brings a lot of support to many local people. The hospice is a big part of the community and has had an effect on a lot of customers that come in to the store. We found people were more than happy to donate the 5p bag charge for St Luke's - 5p a time has added up and we've also reduced the number of carrier bags we use by 70%."

St Luke's corporate and community fundraiser Vickie Baddeley said: "We'd like to say a big thank you to Mr Handley and all of the customers who donated. The support we receive from local businesses and residents is incredible and we really appreciate being chosen for the donation."

St Luke's needs to raise £8,600 a day to provide vital care and support to patients in mid and south Cheshire.

If you would like to fundraise for St Luke's Hospice contact corporate and community fundraiser Angela Slack on 01606 555697 or email angela_slack@stlukes-hospice.co.uk

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