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Windfall for Highland Hospice and Scotmid customers as upgraded store opens in Inverness

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Happy customers Cailen and Ryan Mills with their goody bag and voucher.
Happy customers Cailen and Ryan Mills with their goody bag and voucher.

HIGHLAND Hospice was presented with a £15,000 cheque from Scotmid Co-operative’s Community Connect initiative, as it opened its upgraded store on Glenurquhart Road.

But the charity was not the only one to benefit from a cash giveaway, as customers who queued up to be some of the first through the doors were given goody bags and cash vouchers for the new store.

Happy customer Cailen, along with his dad Ryan Mills, were delighted with their free bag, and £5 voucher for the store.

At the opening ceremony Highland Hospice was presented with a cheque to support its work after it topped a public vote from Scotmid members across the Highlands.

The money was raised from the sale of single-use carrier bags, as part of a £45,000 annual giveaway.

Highland Hospice’s chief executive Officer Kenny Steele said: “It was an honour to be asked to open the store. We are very grateful to all Scotmid shoppers for this grant which is being used to develop bereavement services across the Highlands.”

Head of food for Scotmid, Kevin Plant, believes the local community will benefit from using the ultra-modern layout and expanded range – including a food to go section.

Manager Neil MacKenzie said the shop was “very busy”.

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