Winners of SPAR UK £100,000 Community Cashback scheme announced

July 28, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Responsible retailing

  • Appleby Westward chose 18 local recipients to receive a slice of their £20,000 donation fund in recognition of their exceptional community work. Pictured are from left, Tim Fisher, area manager, Emma from Cornwall Women's Adventure Group, who were awarded an £850 grant from Appleby Westward Group. and Jane Rowntree, store manager, at SPAR Mullion, Cornwall

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  • Winner of the £10,000 grant from Henderson Group are Air Ambulance NI. Picture are Kerry Anderson from Air Ambulance NI with Henderson Group’s Bronagh Luke.

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  • Winner of the £10,000 grant from CJ Lang & Son’s region is Fox & Friends. Picture left to right are Julie Carr of CJ Lang with Lisa Davidson founder of Fox & Friends Highland and Bryan Gibson SPAR store manager at Culloden.

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  • Winner of the £10,000 grant from AF Blakemore’s region are Ty Hapus. Pictured are Julian Telfer (left) with Tess Thomas (centre) and Mark Burnett (right) all from Ty Hapus.

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  • Winner of the £10,000 grant from James Hall’s region is Rainbow Hub. Pictured outside SPAR Mawdesley, where members of the Rainbow Hub Team receiving the £10,000 cheque are flanked by Peter Dodding (far left), Sales Director, and Amanda Wilson (far right), Retail Sales Advisor, both of James Hall & Co. Ltd, and Sheila Hoskin (second from left) Store Manager at SPAR Mawdesley.

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After the success of last year’s initiative, SPAR UK launched their second Community Cashback scheme. Local voluntary or community organisations across the geographical regions in which SPAR operates received grants of up to £10,000 from a total fund valued at £100,000.

SPAR UK has announced the winners of its second £100,000 Community Cashback scheme. Shoppers across the UK were invited to apply for a grant for an organisation they felt deserved funding. The initiative rewards charities and groups for their selfless and vital work in their local communities and aims to help them continue to improve and grow their services.

Record number of applications

There were over 13,500 applications received – 8,500 more than anticipated. SPAR UK partner in the North of England, James Hall & Co, received over 4,000 applications. Appleby Westward, based in the southwest of England and Wales, received over 2,000 applications.

£10,000 grant winners

There were four winners of the largest grant of £10,000 each.

  • Ty Hapus CIO supports people and families who have been impacted by dementia. The grant allows the organisation to provide an extra day of fun activities for guests and rest for carers.
  • Rainbow Hub delivers life-changing conductive educational work through therapy designed to increase independence in children with physical and neurological conditions. The grant will continue to allow the organisation to help and support families and children.
  • Fox & Friends builds community connections through clubs & events that are accessible to everyone. The grant will help the enterprise grow and create its own space to operate and help throughout the Scottish Highlands.
  • Air Ambulance NI provides response to the most critical incidents across Northern Ireland. The grant will keep the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the sky for an additional two days per year.

Giving back across the region

Charities of all shapes and sizes across the UK received funding from the Community Cashback scheme. Appleby Westward chose 18 local recipients to receive support from their £20,000 donation fund. Cornish charity Coast Medic who provide professional medical care to casualties at sea and received a £2,250 grant. Bridport community organisation Stepping Out Cancer Rehabilitation Group received £2,000 towards its much-needed service.

In the North of England, other recipients included Dragonfly Cancer Trust (Newcastle, £5,000), Bury Speakeasy (Bury, £2,000), Wirral Wings (Birkenhead, £2,000) and Streetwise Young People’s Project (Newcastle, £1,000). Street Soccer NI, a grassroots organisation providing football sessions for the homeless and disadvantaged across Northern Ireland, received £1,000.

Suzanne Dover, SPAR UK Brand and Marketing Director, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response to our UK wide 2023 Community Cashback scheme and we are really pleased to be able to award thirty very worthy local causes with a grant.

“We believe in nurturing our neighbourhoods and supporting the communities we serve. This scheme is another way we are helping to do this, especially now when deserving local organisations need some extra financial support.

“These grants are a way for SPAR to give back to small organisations that are important to the people that shop in our stores.”

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.