Carmichael calls on supermarkets to back charity challenge

Northern Isles MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael has today called on major supermarket chains to do their bit to support Motor Neurone Disease Scotland after taking the ice bucket challenge.

Mr Carmichael was commenting after being doused in iced sea water at Tingwall Pier in Orkney and donating to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. Mr Carmichael's ice bucket challenge video is now available to view on Youtube.

Speaking after a hot cup of tea and a change of clothes, Mr Carmichael nominated supermarkets selling bags of ice to make a donation to the charity.

Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:

"People who are aware of Gordon Aikman's campaign to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland cannot fail to be impressed by his bravery and enthusiasm in hugely challenging circumstances. I was delighted to take part in the ice bucket challenge and am pleased to report that the feeling has now returned to my fingers and toes.

"Ice is not usually in short supply across the Northern Isles but the ice bucket challenge has seen something of a run on bags of ice in Orkney and Shetland recently.

"I think that it is right that those profiting from these extra sales should give something back. I nominate the major supermarket chains to get involved and back this campaign."

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