SPAR UK colleagues step up fundraising for local children’s charity

November 20, 2018 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Responsible retailing

SPAR colleagues of UK Partner, A.F. Blakemore, have combined fitness with fundraising, climbing to the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings to raise money for the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity.

A team of 11 joined hundreds of other fundraisers to take on the charity’s annual Gherkin Challenge, successfully navigating the 38 floors of an iconic skyscraper in London, nicknamed the Gherkin.

The A.F. Blakemore team travelled to London from five different SPAR stores in the Midlands and raised a total of £2,800.

The funds will be used to support the NSPCC School Service and their ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme. It teaches primary school children about abuse and neglect in an age appropriate way, and advises them on what to do if anything worries them.

Romaine Maret, from the NSPCC Corporate Partnership Team, said: “Once again A.F. Blakemore colleagues have taken themselves out of their comfort zone in an effort to raise money to help us and our fight for every childhood.

“At the beginning of the month it was the Big SkyDive and now they have completed the Gherkin Challenge.

“We are so grateful for their ongoing support and their willingness to bravely go where many of them have not been before!”

Source: SPAR UK

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The United Kingdom (UK) became a member of SPAR in 1956 when a group of independent wholesalers obtained the SPAR licence from SPAR International. There are five regional partners with strategically placed Distribution Centres in each region. A Central Office located in London provides national Marketing and Buying services for the group and supports the development of the SPAR Brand in the UK.

SPAR has led the convenience market in the UK for many years but has faced increasing competition in recent times. Always innovative, SPAR Partners have continued to grow the brand. A combination of independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores spanning forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres and local neighbourhoods can be found

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