Co-op donation gives helping hand to Bute kidney campaign

Hollie Hotchkiss from the Co-operative's Rothesay supermarket with Bute Kidney Patients Support Goup chairman Brian Balmain.

Hollie Hotchkiss from the Co-operative's Rothesay supermarket with Bute Kidney Patients Support Goup chairman Brian Balmain.

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The campaign for a community kidney dialysis unit on Bute has received a further boost this week with a donation from the Co-op.

Holly Campbell, one of two ‘community pioneers’ at the Co-op’s Bridge Street supermarket in Rothesay, was joined by the store’s services manager Lyndsey Speirs at the Victoria Hotel, where they presented a cheque for £1,000 to the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group’s ‘Dialysis Unit for Bute’ campaign.

The donation includes £500 raised in an in-store fund-raising campaign and £500 in ‘match funding’ donated by the team responsible for the refit of the store in October and November.

The campaign is also in line to received £2,500 from a ‘good causes’ fund created by the Co-op from Scotland’s new carrier bag levy, as we reported earlier this month.

BKPSG secretary Shirley McFarlane said: “The Co-op’s staff and customers have been really supportive of our efforts and we really appreciate their generosity.”

* More from the campaign in the next edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 4.