SPAR customers across the north of England have raised £345,000 for end-of-life charity, Marie Curie, since March 2017.
Raised through in-store fundraising activities, collections and automatic product donations, SPAR customers and independent SPAR retailers across the north have funded 17,331 hours of specialist nursing care for families across the UK facing terminal illness.
Tom Heron, Marie Curie Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager said: “On behalf of everyone from Marie Curie, I’d like to say a huge thank you to SPAR, James Hall & Co. and its generous customers who have helped raise this incredible amount for us.
“The coronavirus has had and continues to have, a devastating effect on our fundraising and income, whilst the need for Marie Curie nurses has never been greater. We rely on donations to be able to provide vital support for dying people and their loved ones. Their support, now more than ever, is therefore invaluable.”
James Hall & Co., SPAR wholesaler and distributor for the north of England, produce a range of sandwiches that automatically donate a percentage of sale to Marie Curie when sold in-store and SPAR customers throughout 2019/20 raised £67,000 for Marie Curie through sandwich sales alone.
Additional automatic product donations include the sale of daffodil bunches, gin and prosecco, honey, coffee and cupcakes, and in-store activities organised by SPAR staff including raffles, colouring competitions and sponsored silences.
Andrew Barnes, Trading Director at James Hall & Co. said, “We would like to say a big thank you to SPAR customers and independent SPAR retailers for supporting our fundraising initiatives, and to SPAR customers across the north of England who have purchased sandwiches or daffodil bunches and helped to raise such a fantastic total.
“We are very proud partners of Marie Curie and would like to thank their teams nationwide for the incredible work they do, providing invaluable support to patients and families across the country, especially during this very difficult time.”
Tom Heron added: “Marie Curie is on the frontline caring for dying people and their families, both with and without coronavirus, and supporting the NHS by keeping as many people as possible out of NHS services. While the charity has seen an increase in demand on services, fundraising and income has suffered as a result of the cancelation of many fundraising activities. Marie Curie relies on donations, like this one, to continue to deliver care and support.”
To donate to Marie Curie’s emergency appeal or arrange your own virtual fundraising event, please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk