Morrisons and Save the Children have been working together in partnership since April 2011 and have raised £5 million in just 2 years. Between April 7th 2012 and April 6th 2013 £374,254 of this fundraising total was raised through sales of carrier bags in Wales.
Since 2011 Morrisons have been specifically supporting Save the Children’s innovative Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme. FAST brings families, schools and communities together to support children across the UK. By strengthening relationships, FAST helps to give the most disadvantaged children in the UK a better chance in life and the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Before the partnership began, Save the Children had delivered FAST in 12 primary schools across the UK. Thanks to Morrisons’ phenomenal support Save the Children were able to deliver 49 new FAST programmes by the end of 2012, including programmes in Cardiff and Caerphilly. The funds raised to date will allow an additional 70 programmes to be delivered in 2013, up to ten of which are planned to be set up in Wales.
In addition to delivering FAST, in 2013 sales from Welsh carrier bags will raise funds for Save the Children’s Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programme. This programme provides crisis grants to families to give them basic essentials they need such as a cooker to provide warm meals, a bed for a peaceful night’s sleep and toys and books for children to learn and develop. These grants will be delivered to families across all 6 Morrisons regions throughout 2013, including up to 520 grants which are planned to be awarded to families in Wales who are the most in need.
Morrisons support of Save the Children has completely transformed the scale of their UK work and will continue to make a long-term impact on the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children for many years to come.
We recommend that our customers re-use their single use carrier bags, provided they are clean and undamaged. Old single use carrier bags can then be recycled via the recycling bins in store.
Our ‘bags for life’ can be purchased in our stores, and we’ll even recycle your old bag and give you a new one free of charge when your old one needs replacing!
The gross proceeds for single use carrier bags during the period was £449,105. The donation of £374,254 is net of VAT. No other deductions have been made.