£40,000 for local causes from selling 5p carrier bags

A Scarborough retailer has raised over £40,000 for local causes by selling 5p carrier bags to customers.

Proudfoot’s five stores have been raising money for good causes in this way since the introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge in 2015.

The latest beneficiary, Scarborough Sea Cadets, received £2,500 to help develop their base in East Sandgate, near the harbour. The work will enable more groups from around the country to visit and enjoy the local area and its facilities.

The unit, which is celebrating its centenary this year, aims to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the person they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, they learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of ourselves.

Area staff officer Gareth Davis commented: “As an independent charity, we rely on local community support to ensure we can offer the young cadets from the town the best opportunities possible through nautical adventure and fun”.

Proudfoot group director Valerie Aston added: “Despite seeing a huge decline in the usage of single-use carrier bags in our stores following the introduction of the 5p charge, we are delighted that the funds raised from the remaining carrier bags bought by our customers are able to support some fantastic local causes.

“As a retailer we are committed both to reducing our environmental impact where possible and giving something back to the community we serve. We hope the funds raised through the carrier bag charge will have a positive impact on the local area”.