Scotmid Co-operative’s staff and customers have together raised £370,000 for Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity.

During the year-long partnership Scotmid raised its highest ever sum for charity which will go towards recruiting thousands of lifesaving stem cell donors from Scotmid areas.

Nearly 5,000 staff members from more than 350 stores turned into ‘The Scotmid Lifesavers’ for the year, teaming up with their communities to attempt to raise a target of £200,000 for Anthony Nolan, which Scotmid surpassed.

The money was raised through a number of activities including bungee jumps, Ice Bucket Challenges and The Forth Loony Dook, as well as food tastings and sales of cook books.

Henny Braund, Anthony Nolan’s chief executive, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Scotmid, their members and their customers for raising such an incredible amount of money for Anthony Nolan. We are extremely grateful for their efforts and have very much enjoyed working with their passionate and caring team, from head office to the local stores.

“These local heroes could be the only lifesaving match for someone with blood cancer – someone who would otherwise have no other chance to live. This partnership has given people hope for the future by providing many more chances of finding a cure.”