Rory started his 180-mile mission from Daisy Lodge last week, after a small reception where he announced his intention to raise £500,000 (€584,000) for Cancer Fund for Children, EUROSPAR’s charity partner. Daisy Lodge is a purpose-built therapeutic centre for families affected by cancer.
Since establishing the partnership in 2011, EUROSPAR retailers and their teams have raised over £1.2 million for Cancer Fund for Children. They will lend a hand to Rory’s challenge with bucket collections while accompanying him on a section of the walk.
Rory’s 180-mile walk will see him walk from Newcastle, County Down, home of the organisation’s therapeutic short break centre, to Cong in County Mayo. This is the site of a proposed second Daisy Lodge, expanding the organisation’s reach to help families living with cancer across Ireland.
Rory will meet supporters and retailers while passing through over 30 towns and villages along his epic journey.
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at SPAR NI partner Henderson Group, congratulated Rory on taking on the challenge.
“Rory has been such a friend to Cancer Fund for Children. He has supported many of our initiatives for the charity over the years. There is a EUROSPAR in [many] towns and villages in Northern Ireland, so where Rory and his walking team will go, there will be a supportive retail team cheering him along the way, supported by our wonderful shoppers.”
Rory added, “My family and friends will tell you that I’m not a fan of walking. Walking 180 miles in nine days will be tough but nowhere near as tough as the challenges that families dealing with childhood cancer face.
“I’m not only taking on this challenge to raise vital funds, but also awareness of the impact cancer has on the lives of children and young people. Already an incredible £213,800 has been raised. I would like to thank our incredible sponsors, local schools, clubs, and businesses for getting behind me. If you can, please donate to my challenge and cheer me on as I pass through your towns and villages.”
To donate to Rory’s Miles 2 Mayo for Cancer Fund for Children, go to cancerfundforchildren.com.
Source: SPAR UK
The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.
SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.