Campus Retail raises bags of cash for RAG

The introduction of a 5p single-use bag charge in Fresh Grocery Store has reduced bag usage by over two thirds whilst raising £2,800 for University of Bath RAG in the first year alone.

Ryan McCormick, Fresh Grocery Store Manager, presents RAG with a cheque for the money raised by Campus Retail's bag charge scheme, at the 2014 Volunteer Celebration Evening

The trial of the 5p charge was introduced in April 2013 following discussions between RAG and Campus Retail regarding how charity might be supported through the campus stores.

All proceeds raised through the scheme support RAG’s Big 4 charities, which are voted for each year by students. 

During the 2013/14 academic year, these charities were:

  • The Teen Cancer Trust
  • Bath Mind
  • Sense
  • Julian House

“It’s fantastic that Campus Retail supported RAG when there are so many worthy charities out there,” commented Hannah Jack, 2013/14 RAG Events Officer. “It’s great to keep it on campus.”

John Morgan, Head of Campus Retail and Commercial Operations, commented: “We are delighted in the success of the trial in significantly reducing the use of disposable carrier bags and therefore their environmental impact.

“Customer feedback has been positive with 100% of the income generated from the sale of bags donated directly to RAG to support their nominated charities.”

The scheme will expand for the start of the new academic year to run in both the Fresh Grocery and Fresh Express Stores and will support RAG’s newly selected Big 4 charities, all of which are locally based. 

The charities chosen for 2014/15 are:

  • Time2Share, a Bristol-based charity which supports disabled children, young people and their families;
  • Jamie’s Farm, which re-engages vulnerable children with their educational life through a residential programme on their Wiltshire farm;
  • Forever Friends, the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospital;
  • Unseen, which provides accommodation and support in Bath for victims of human trafficking.    

Campus Retail would like to thank their customers for their support of the scheme, and RAG for putting the money raised to such good use.

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