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Squire’s Garden Centres are turning carrier bags to cash for charity

Savvy garden centre chain Squire’s has donated hundreds of pounds to good causes from its carrier bag charge.

The chain, which operates across Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex, gave £1,829.00 to the charity Greenfingers, that creates inspiring and magical gardens for children in hospices across the UK.

The five pence carrier bag charge first came into effect on 5 October 2015 and since then bag usage has declined by around 80 per cent. 

This follows shocking figures from 2014 when more than 7.6 million single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets alone in England. That works out to around 140 bags per person.

Sarah Squire, Squire’s Deputy Chairman, said: ‘When the government first introduced the carrier bag charge we chose the charity Greenfingers to benefit from this, as they create amazing gardens for children and their families to enjoy in hospices around the country, at a time when these families are facing huge challenges. We are delighted to support them by passing on the proceeds from this charge.’

Linda Petrons, Head of Fundraising at Greenfingers, added: ‘This wonderful donation will go towards our A Million Moments Appeal, which aims to raise £1million to enable us to bring the gift of a garden to at least 5,000 more children and their families who spend time in hospices right across the UK.’

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