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SPAR gets into the Spring of things with Marie Curie partnership

Volunteers from Marie Curie and staff from McBride’s SPAR Scaffog launch the new charity partnership between SPAR Northern Ireland stores and Marie Curie

SPAR Northern Ireland has announced a new charity partnership with terminal illness charity, Marie Curie.

To officially launch the UK-wide partnership, Peter McBride, a SPAR retailer with a network of 11 stores throughout Mid Ulster, met with the charity’s fundraising and community teams in store during the spring Great Daffodil Appeal.

The leading convenience store franchise, which has almost 300 SPAR stores across Northern Ireland, has a workforce that is passionate about supporting local communities and hopes that the partnership will allow them to give back, by supporting those affected by terminal illness.

SPAR stores already have donation boxes at their tills in all stores, and will be launching a series of challenges, events and initiatives to fundraise with shoppers and the local community.

This will begin with the Blooming Great Tea Party on Saturday 24 June, where shoppers can pop in store and enjoy a cup of tea and a tray bake for a donation to Marie Curie in return.

The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and the charity’s hospices.

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group says the company and its retailers are delighted to partner with such a deserving charity; “Marie Curie is an organisation that delivers services which, unfortunately, many of us have had to rely on in challenging times. Their nurses are out in local communities providing comfort and support for those with terminal illnesses, so this was a natural fit with our SPAR brand values.

“Our SPAR retailers, staff and shoppers have a proven record for outstanding fundraising with their local communities, so we have no doubt they will show the same support to the important work that Marie Curie do here, and will continue to do with our added support.”

Conor O’Kane, Senior Partnership Manager, Marie Curie said, “We’re delighted to be working with SPAR stores in Northern Ireland and across the UK. Marie Curie provides its nursing service throughout the country and having such a close partnership with SPAR and its stores will allow us to create greater awareness of the charity in these areas of the country. SPAR staff were fantastic in their support of the charity’s ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’ and we know this will continue over the coming months.

“The money raised from Marie Curie’s partnership with SPAR will enable the charity to continue to deliver its nursing service to those people, and their families, that are living with a terminal illness both in the community and at its Belfast Hospice.”

SPAR NI’s social media channels will be keeping followers up to date with store fundraising activities, including challenges and initiatives to get involved with, including the Blooming Great Tea Party in June.

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