SPAR has announced that its fundraising efforts for terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, have passed the £1 million mark. Since the partnership started in March 2017 SPAR stores have raised the equivalent of paying for 50,000 hours of care from Marie Curie Nurses.
Marie Curie provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families. In March 2017, SPAR stores supported Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal, hosting collection boxes and encouraging customers to donate. Since then, SPAR has continued its support of the Great Daffodil Appeal in 2018, as well as other annual fundraisers including the Blooming Great Tea Party.
SPAR stores also fundraised through the sales of their sandwich ranges, including the popular Christmas sandwich selection, with a donation from each sale going to the charity. The local convenience store group’s efforts were matched by SPAR staff members organising fundraisers across the country, including cycle rides in Cornwall, Ben Nevis treks, ‘Go Yellow’ days and hosting hundreds of tea parties throughout the UK.
Having reached the £1 million milestone, SPAR will continue fundraising, with donations from the sales of fresh daffodil bunches and a selection of SPAR brand products going towards this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal, while SPAR stores will be hosting Blooming Great Tea Parties in June.