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Convenience store shows bags of initiative!

A family run business has raised £74 for a hospice, just one month after it started charging customers 5p for carrier bags.
Front L-R Shane Seago Pauline Kench Back L-R Trish King and Sue Crawford resized (cropped)
Hunter's Convenience Store in Wood Lane, Dagenham, has chosen to donate the money from the carrier bag charge, which was introduced by the government on October 5th, to Saint Francis Hospice. 

"When we explain to customers that the money is going to the hospice they are happy to pay the charge," said Manager Shane Seago.

"We have had staff who were cared for at the hospice in the past and many of our customers will have used its services or know someone who has.

"It is a great charity and it is good to know the money from the carrier bags will go back into our community."

Shane, whose family have run the shop for more than 70 years, is now hoping other shops will follow suit and help the hospice raise the £7.3 million it needs every year to provide people affected by life limiting illnesses with the highest quality of care and support.

Linda Borg, fundraising Co-ordinator at the hospice said, "We are absolutely delighted that Shane has chosen to support the hospice in this way. 

"It is a wonderful initiative and we hope other shops will be inspired to do the same as pennies really do make pounds and every penny raised will make a difference to someone's life."

Front L-R Shane Seago, Pauline Kench, Back L-R Trish King and Sue Crawford
Left to right: Shane Seago, Pauline Kench and back: Trish King and Sue Crawford