Store groups doing their bit for charity

Scotmid and Nisa splash the cash for good causes

The Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance mascots were paid for by a £15,000 Scotmid donation.
The Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance mascots were paid for by a £15,000 Scotmid donation.

CONVENIENCE store groups Scotmid and Nisa have each been putting aside sizeable sums of money to help charities.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has recruited six new mascots thanks to a Scotmid donation.

Following a £15,000 donation from Scotmid’s Community Connect scheme, SCAA has introduced three paramedic bears and three helicopters as the new mascots.

Scotmid’s Community Collect allows members of the public to vote on where charitable donations should be spent using a rewards card that can be redeemed in stores.

Members can then vote on three charity organisations to receive a donation of up to £15,000, with the other two receiving grants of £10,000 and £5,000.

Lynne Ogg, Scotmid communities manager, said: “We were thrilled to award £15,000 in Community Connect funding to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

“We understand the positive impact mascots can have in raising a charity’s profile and encouraging engagement at events.”

Meanwhile, Nisa’s Making A Difference Locally charity has launched a Pride Pot worth £50,000 to enable its retailers to support LGBTQ+ community groups and charities.

The symbol group says the pot is part of its commitment to be endlessly inclusive and truly represent all the communities Nisa retailers serve.

Launched during Pride month, Nisa retailers can access up to £500 of funding per donation, with 100 community groups, events or charities set to benefit from the Pride Pot.

The Nisa MADL Pride Pot logo.
The Nisa MADL Pride Pot logo.

Retailers will have until June 2024 to utilise the funding pot, ensuring donations can be used all year round.

Members of the Co-op Respect LGBTQ+ Colleague Network recently put on an informative Lunch & Learn at the Nisa Partner Support Centre in Scunthorpe, with about 70 colleagues attending.

As part of Pride month, there were many activities going on across Co-op, Nisa and the wider community to raise awareness of the significance of Pride within Nisa.

Kate Carroll, head of charity at Nisa, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Pride Pot and I’m sure Nisa retailers will make the most of this opportunity to support some really important groups and charities in their communities.

“Nisa retailers play a significant role in supporting local causes across the UK and the Pride Pot is there to benefit the LGBTQ+ community in particular.”