Bottle Bank’s final cheque tops £30K

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The charity bottle bank scheme in Longridge, which has raised a total of £30,042 for research into multiple sclerosis, has finally closed after 28 years.

Its founder, Longridgde resident John Farmery, who in January broke the news of its threatened closure, has received the final payment of £32.76 from Lancashire County Council. This has been raised through the appeal’s final three months from January to March, leading to the amazing total reached for the charity over the years.

Mr Farmery explained that with the conclusion of the county council’s recycling credits scheme - announced by LCC’s head of waste management Steve Scott in January to help a £300m budget reduction - there would be no no further monies received from them for the appeal and the bank account would be closed.

He added: “I wish to thank everybody who has helped this appeal in any way, from those regularly taking their bottles to the bank to all those who have helped with the running of the scheme, for their loyal support over the years.”

The bottle banks were opened in 1986 on the then Spar car park by comedian Frank Carson, that year’s president of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

They were in memory of Mr Farmery’s wife and MS sufferer Elaine, and drew continued support from the town and further afield.