Scotmid Co-operative has raised £135,000 in just six months for the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan and is on target to raise £200,000 by September 2015.

The funds raised from the year-long partnership will help Anthony Nolan find matching donors for those who desperately need a bone marrow transplant.

The partnership has seen more than 5,000 Scotmid staff at 350 stores transformed into the ‘Scotmid Lifesavers’ in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the charity.

It will help patients like Calum Lambert, four, from Livingston, who was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia in December 2013 and had a bone marrow transplant facilitated by Anthony Nolan in April 2014.

Calum’s mother, Diane Lambert, said: “We will never forget the day we received a call to say that Anthony Nolan had found a match for Calum. From that day forward we could focus on the future and Calum’s recovery.

“It is fantastic that Scotmid are supporting this wonderful charity and it is great to hear that their fundraising efforts have been so successful. Keep up the good work, you’re all superheroes!”

John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid Co-operative, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have raised £135,000 by the halfway point of our partnership with Anthony Nolan.

“Staff have embraced this very worthwhile cause, holding numerous fundraising events in store while others have been doing something more extreme, such as one of our store managers who is about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Witnessing her efforts makes us more determined than ever to raise as much as possible for Anthony Nolan during the second half of the partnership.

“It’s a huge credit to our staff, members and customers that we are well on our way to breaking our £200,000 target and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their continued support.”