SPAR UK celebrates raising £3m for Marie Curie

October 25, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, People, Responsible retailing

SPAR UK is celebrating a huge fundraising milestone by raising £3 million for its national charity partner Marie Curie. SPAR UK started its national charity partnership with Marie Curie in 2016, reaching this incredible landmark through instore fundraising, customer donations and on-pack product donations.

Long-term partnership

Throughout the partnership, SPAR colleagues and customers across the UK have made a huge difference to those living with a terminal illness and their families by raising money for initiatives such as the Great Daffodil Appeal, Blooming Great Tea Party, Go Yellow, Scare to Show you Care, and many more.

SPAR stores have complemented fundraising efforts with own label products raising monies for Marie Curie from fresh cut daffodils to Christmas sandwiches. Individuals and groups in SPAR stores also took on epic treks, hosted events and baked treats to raise funds for the charity.

SPAR suppliers have demonstrated their continued commitment to the partnership, most recently supporting the Go Yellow campaign with a generous £35,000 donation.

Local and national support

In addition to raising vital funds, SPAR UK stepped up and helped respond to the coronavirus pandemic by distributing over 1 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Marie Curie Nurses delivering frontline care.

The £3 million raised by SPAR colleagues, customers, and suppliers since 2016 is enough to fund an incredible 130,000 hours of care from Marie Curie Nurses. This contribution makes a huge difference to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones, across the UK.

Source: SPAR UK

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The United Kingdom became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are five regional organisations in the UK, continually building the brand’s presence. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group. SPAR UK comprises independently owned, licensed, retailers and company-owned stores.

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