Media Release: Recycled carrier bags ‘blossom’ to say thank you

Waitrose photocall l to r Debbie Aitken, Assistant Section Manager, Katherine Sellar, HiM Community Fundraiser and Marilyn Martin-Strachan, Community Matters Champion

WHEN Scottish charity, Health in Mind, received a £550 donation from the Waitrose Morningside Community Matters Scheme, a special ‘thank you’, in the form of a spray of delicate spring blossom, was made from the supermarket’s recycled carrier bags by some of the charity’s service users.

At the end of each shop, Waitrose customers receive a token to place in the box of a charity they would like to support and the more tokens a cause receives, the larger the donation they receive. Health in Mind’s community fundraiser, Katherine Sellar, is delighted that so many people voted for her charity.

Katherine said: “One in four people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime and the various services provided by Health in Mind work towards helping people to blossom to live the life they want to live.

“One of our projects is an art and wellbeing group which meets every week in Penicuik and their members were delighted to create our thank you spray of spring blossom.”

The charity started over 30 years ago and provides a variety of services including supported accommodation, respite for carers, counselling, befriending and a unique telephone counselling service.

Marilyn Martin-Strachan is the Community Matters champion for Waitrose Morningside and she commented: “The Waitrose Community Matters scheme started in 2008 and, since then, donations of over £14 million have been made to local charities chosen by our customers.

“We are delighted to receive the lovely spray of blossom and it’s even more special because it is handmade from our recycled carrier bags.”

Each month, every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes chosen by customers.


Photo Caption:Debbie Aitken, Waitrose assistant section manager, Katherine Sellar, Health in Mind community fundraiser and Marilyn Martin-Strachan, Waitrose community matters champion

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