SPAR NI raises a phenomenal £97,000 for charity partner Marie Curie

August 6, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing

SPAR NI has raised a phenomenal £97,000 (almost €114,000) for its charity partner Marie Curie in just six months, smashing through its £60,000 in a year fundraising target to celebrate the brand’s 60th birthday in Northern Ireland. Marie Curie is Northern Ireland's largest charitable provider of end of life care.

Over £50,000 alone was raised during the outstanding success of the Blooming Great Birth-tea Parties in June. During these events, retailers held giveaways and raffles while exchanging beverages and pastries for donations to Marie Curie.

£26,000 has also been raised by selling branded Marie Curie face coverings throughout stores in NI. SPAR NI has raised a total of £452,000 since the beginning of the partnership four years ago.

Smashing through target

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at SPAR NI partner Henderson Group, said they are delighted to have smashed through their target of £60,000.

“What a fantastic comeback for our instore fundraising for Marie Curie. We are so grateful to our retailers and store teams for buying into the concept and our shoppers who supported their local stores and this fantastic charity.

“To reach this figure halfway through our birthday year just goes to show what we can achieve for those who most need it in our local communities. We are determined to keep the fundraising going for the rest of this special year and beyond.”

It’s been 60 years since SPAR arrived in Northern Ireland in 1961. The team at Hendersons has been ensuring its shoppers, retailers, and charity partners are celebrated all year.

Conor O’Kane, Senior Partnership Manager at Marie Curie, added, “This is just fantastic. We were blown away when SPAR NI pledged the £60,000 for the year. For them to reach £97,000 already is just incredible but not surprising as we know how much hard work the team puts into such events and the support from loyal retailers and shoppers.”

Source: SPAR UK

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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.