SPAR Scotland collection tins bring in £59,350 for Marie Curie

March 15, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: COVID-19, Responsible retailing

SPAR Scotland team members and customers have helped raise an impressive £59,350 (over €69,300) during 2020 for UK charity Marie Curie by donating loose change into collection tins at 108 company-owned stores. 

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. The charity’s nurses have been working on the frontline to ensure patients and their loved ones receive vital care and support at the end of life. In addition to collection tins, SPAR Scotland also supports numerous national and local fundraising activities and initiatives.

Colin McLean, CEO of SPAR Scotland, said: “The beauty of the SPAR partnership with Marie Curie is that it allows us to utilise the huge number of SPAR stores within our organisation. Whether that’s through collection tins, instore fundraising events, SPAR own-label product donations or daffodils sold in our stores, we look to raise awareness of the charity in every way possible.”

Christine Connor, Corporate Partnerships Manager Scotland for Marie Curie, adds: “The partnership between Marie Curie and SPAR Scotland is very special. In a year like no other when fundraising opportunities across Scotland have been decimated by the pandemic, the monies raised in 2020 by SPAR Scotland and their customers is nothing short of exceptional!”

Last week it was announced that SPAR UK had delivered 1 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Marie Curie Nurses working on the frontline as part of their innovative ‘PPE Click & Collect Service’.

Source: SPAR UK
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The UK became a member of SPAR 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.

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