SPAR UK announces winners of the £100k Community Cashback scheme

July 13, 2022 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing

SPAR United Kingdom has announced the winners of its nationwide £100,000 (over €118,000) Community Cashback scheme launched in April this year.

The SPAR Community Cashback scheme has awarded 30 grants to local voluntary or community organisations that need it the most from all geographical regions across the United Kingdom. Amounts awarded have been 5 x £10,000, 5 x £5,000, 5 x £2,000, and 15 x £1,000.

Consumers from all over the UK applied for a grant for an organisation they felt deserved funding by sharing their exceptional contribution to their community and what the grant would be put towards.

Remarkably, over 4,000 applications were received during the process, which ran from 14 April – 4 May. Last week, the five worthy winners of £10,000 were revealed:

  • Bags Full of Love
  • Woodlanders Pre School
  • Northumbria Blood Bikes
  • Stoke & Staffordshire Downs Syndrome Social Group
  • Community Rescue Service

Suzanne Dover, SPAR UK Brand and Marketing Director, said: “We have been really impressed by the number of applications received and delighted to be able to award thirty very worthy causes with a grant from the SPAR Community Cashback scheme.

“Our SPAR stores around the UK believe in nurturing their neighbourhoods and supporting the communities they serve, and we are delighted to be able to supplement their local efforts with this national campaign.

“Times are tough for charity and support groups who are looking to fundraise at the moment, and it is great that the £100,000 Community Cashback scheme can provide deserving local organisations with some extra financial help at this time.” 

The voluntary organisation Northumbria Blood Bikes provides a vital out-of-hours transportation service to the NHS and transports anything from blood to baby milk and equipment to medication across the Northeast area. 

Stoke & Staffordshire Downs Syndrome Social Group offers children and adults withDowns Syndrome a safe, fun, and sociable place to meet with others who haveDowns Syndrome. 

Bags Full of Love is an organisation based in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland and its aim is to provide every child entering foster, and kinship care receive a new backpack filled with new clothing, comfort, and personal care items that they can call their own. 

Woodlanders Pre-school provides early years care and education to children in Ashburton and the surrounding area in Devon. It is run by a dedicated staff team passionate about early years education and supporting the needs of families in the local area.

Community Rescue Service provides all aspects of search and rescue operated by volunteers from communities across Northern Ireland. 

SPAR stores around the UK support thousands of local charities and support groups every year. Stores are situated in the heart of the communities they serve. The SPAR £100k Community Cashback scheme has given shoppers across the UK the chance to make their communities better.

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. As a result, 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 continue 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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