Well Pharmacy has donated over £9,500 to two charities that dedicate their time to supporting and protecting the environment. The money was raised through the sale of their 5p carrier bags across their 780 pharmacies across the UK, between January and June 2018.
The charities were chosen by Well Pharmacy employees, who voted to have their say as to where the donations went. The initiative allows customers to support their local environment, as the sale of each 5p carrier bag goes to the charity in their own country.
Mike Crossley, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the MCS said:
“We’re delighted that Well Pharmacy has chosen MCS to receive a donation from the money raised through the sale of their single-use carrier bags. All donations will be used to help us continue our work to create pollution-free and properly protected seas”.
Zoe Furnivall, Fundraising Officer at the Scottish Wildlife Trust said:
“As Scotland’s leading wildlife conservation charity we are reliant on public support to help us campaign for wildlife, manage our network of reserves across Scotland, and educate and inspire the next generation. We’re very grateful to the Well Pharmacy teams in Scotland for nominating the Trust to receive this generous donation.”
The donation follows the introduction of the carrier bag levy, which came into effect in October 2015. The charge helps to tackle environmental factors, reduce waste, and prevent overuse of plastic. Well Pharmacy has noticed the levy’s positive impact already, with a 44% decrease since 2016 in the use of plastic carrier bags in their pharmacies.
Sophie Baldock, Engagement Manager at Well Pharmacy commented:
“I am really pleased to see that the donations have been so well received by the environmental charities. The colleague vote allows our pharmacy teams to give back to their local communities by supporting their chosen charity and gives customers peace of mind knowing their carrier bag purchase goes straight back to helping the environment.
“Both MCS and the Scottish Wildlife Trust do absolutely amazing work, ensuring that the world around us is cared for and protected, as well as raising awareness of environmental issues that affect all of us”.