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Charity chiefs have thanked generous local shoppers and store staff who raised several thousand pounds for their cause.

Alzheimer Scotland is to benefit from a £6,200 donation thanks to the fundraising efforts of employees and customers at Marks and Spencer Simply Food, in the Strathkelvin Retail Park, near Bishopbriggs.

The store organised a number of different fundraising events throughout the year to raise the impressive sum of money.

They included a golf day at Bishopbriggs Golf Club and tasty bake sales.

There was also a star-packed Alzheimer Scotland Disco with special guests Celtic Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld and former Partick Thistle player, Chic Charnley.

The charity itself also held bag packing days in store at Christmas and on Mother’s Day, where they managed to raise a further £3,700 for the cause - bringing the total to nearly £10,000.

Each year, Marks and Spencer stores around the country select one charity to support for the full year, hosting fundraising events with customers and employees.

Alzheimer Scotland supports the 90,000 people living with dementia across Scotland.

The dedicated charity provides a wide range of specialist services, community activities and advice throughout the different stages of the condition.

David Anderson, store manager at Marks and Spencer Bishopbriggs Simply Food, said: “Every year we commit to working with a local cause and we were delighted to join forces with Alzheimer Scotland.

“Not only is the charity a loyal source of support for many families but it is also an organisation which is very close to the hearts of our employees.”

Laura Stockwell, regional fundraiser from Alzheimer Scotland said: “We are over the moon that such a huge amount has been raised by Marks and Spencer staff and customers at the Bishopbriggs Simply Food store.

“I know how hard they’ve been fundraising but I also hear that they have been having a great deal of fun too, which is what it’s all about.”

“We need the support of the local community more than ever and donations make a huge difference to the vital work we carry out.”

For more information about the work done by Alzheimer Scotland, as well as details of how you can help and donate money, just visit www.alzscot.org