Corby shop to donate carrier bag charge cash to Lakelands hospice

Margaret Eccles, Sue Henley, Paul Marlowe, Susan Honeyfield, Daniel Pickard and Clare Smith

Margaret Eccles, Sue Henley, Paul Marlowe, Susan Honeyfield, Daniel Pickard and Clare Smith

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A Corby shop is to donate all the money it makes from charging for carrier bags to Lakelands Hospice.

The branch of Pep & Co, in Willow Place, made the announcement after the Government introduced a 5p charge for single use carrier bags for retailers employing more than 50 staff on October 1.

Pep & Co store managers were encouraged to identify a local charity to benefit from the imposed charge for bags.

Store manager for Pep & Co Corby Susan Honeyfield said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be donating our carrier bag income to Lakelands Day Care Hospice.

“The charity is very close to the hearts of many Corby people and the work they do is a huge asset to the town.”

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlowe visited the store on Monday to meet the team and to explain how important local fundraising is to the success of the hospice.

He said: “We are extremely grateful to Pep & Co for choosing Lakelands Day Care Hospice as their charity of choice for this initiative.

“The money Pep & Co will be donating will make a huge difference to the continued service the Lakelands team give.”

Daniel Pickard, centre director for Willow Place and Corby town centre, said: “We are thrilled to have been part of the charity selection process for this fabulous gesture by Pep & Co.

“The store has proved extremely popular since its July opening and judging by the number of Pep & Co carrier bags one sees every day Lakelands Day Care Hospice should benefit significantly.”

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