The Single Use Carrier Bag Charge Regulation, that came into force in 2015, means that single use carrier bags are no longer given away free to shoppers.

At Cotswold Outdoor in PE1, single-use carrier bags cost 5p each. Proceeds generated from these bags goes to their nominated charity; Wings for Life.

Wings for Life

Wings for Life is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury through cutting-edge scientific research projects and clinical trials around the world. The Salzburg-based foundation that was launched in 2004, has offices in England and the US.

In order to find suitable therapies and medicines, Wings for Life promotes high-caliber research projects at universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Charité Berlin.

The focus is on the restoration of nerve functions. In addition, the foundation finances outstanding rehabilitation projects, and therapeutic approaches, that strive to preserve important bodily functions of acutely and chronically injured patients.

Invaluable Donations

Since its foundation, Wings for Life has funded no less than 170 research projects. Even though a cure has not yet been found, progress remains steady.

A prime example for such scientific progress is currently underway in the US. As part of a clinical trial, scientists are testing a potential therapy for the regeneration of nerve fibres in patients with chronic spinal cord injuries.

This and other developments give justifiable hope for an improvement of quality of life and the prospect of full recovery.

In order to be able to continue funding projects, the foundation relies heavily on donations from private individuals and companies.

The Wings for Life World Run, for example, is one of the foundation’s largest events and has raised millions over the last few years via participation fees, donations, and sponsors. 100% of the funds raised are used for research projects.

The more donations we receive, the more research projects we can fund. The importance of the foundation’s work is unquestionable. Spinal cord injuries must become curable.

Heinz Kinigadner, foundation founder

Cotswold Outdoors at PE1

So, next time to visit Cotswold Outdoors at PE1, remember that any carrier bag you purchase helps raise invaluable monies for Wings for Life.

More information about Wings for Life can be found at

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