SPAR stores in England are to be the first convenience retailer to partner with Royal Voluntary Service on its NHS Volunteer Responders programme.

Over 750,000 people signed up to be an NHS Volunteer Responder and from this week Community Response Volunteers will be able to shop for the vulnerable person they are supporting at over 700 SPAR stores in England.

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme has been set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Doctors, nurses, those working in local authorities and other professionals, are able to refer people to NHS Volunteer Responders.  The programme enables volunteers to support the vulnerable person via the GoodSam Responder app.

As this move is a first for convenience retailing, volunteers can then use designated SPAR stores to shop.

SPAR’s three wholesalers in England, AF Blakemore & Son, Appleby Westward and James Hall & Co, have activated this service in the majority of company owned SPAR stores and within a number of independent SPAR stores.

Louise Hoste, SPAR UK Managing Director, said: “We are very happy to partner with the RVS at this crucial time when they are coordinating the NHS Volunteer Responders programme. SPAR stores around the UK are doing all they can to support their local communities and this programme is another way in which we can help. Using their ID, volunteers on the programme are able to take the shopping list from a vulnerable person to a participating SPAR store, and know they can shop and pay. We hope to see the number of SPAR stores in England participating in this to increase and thousands of vulnerable people benefiting from this service.”

Sam Ward, Director of Services and Deputy CEO of Royal Voluntary Service, said: “We are incredibly grateful to SPAR stores for adjusting their systems to enable our volunteers to shop for vulnerable people in their community.  Many people will rely on shopping support from our NHS Volunteer Responders and this payment solution will work well for our volunteers.”


Confirmed SPAR stores across the north of England (James Hall & Co.’s company owned stores division, G&E Murgatroyd):

GEM Acklam Road 275a Acklam Road, Middlesbrough. TS5 7BP
GEM Appleby Westmoreland House, 8 Boroughgate, Appleby, Cumbria. CA16 6XB
GEM Armthorpe 49 Doncaster Road, Armthorpe, Doncaster. DN3 2BU
GEM Aspatria 16/16A Queen Street, Aspatria, Wigton, Cumbria. CA7 3AR
GEM Barrowford Unit 3-6, 80 Gisburn Rd, Barrowford BB9 6DT
GEM Bentham Main Street, Bentham, Lancaster. LA2 7HJ
GEM Billingham High Grange Avenue, Billingham, Stockton-on-tees. TS23 3XR
GEM Birkdale 23 Liverpool Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside. PR8 4AG
GEM Bispham Road 223 Bispham Road, Bispham, Blackpool. FY2 0NG
GEM Blackbrook 2 Harrier Road, Blackbrook, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0WN
GEM Blakelaw 30 Moulton Court, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne.  NE5 3RS
GEM Boroughbridge 37 High Street, Boroughbridge. YO51 9AW
GEM Bramley 154 Outgang Lane, Bramley, Leeds LS13 2QY
GEM Brampton Highland House, Main Street, Brampton, Cumbria. CA8 1SB
GEM Brockfield Park 52-54 Brockfield Park Drive, York. YO31 9ER
GEM Burnley 520 Brunshaw Road, Pike Hill, Burnley, Lancs. BB10 3JU
GEM Burrowgate 36/40 Burrowgate, Penrith, Cumbria. CA11 7TA
GEM Cadley 118 Woodplumpton Road, Cadley, Preston, Lancs. PR2 2LP
GEM Cambridge Road 115 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside. PR9 9SB
GEM Catterick 1-2 Hildyard Row, Catterick, N Yorks.  DL9 4DH
GEM Cheadle Councillor Lane, Cheadle, Cheshire. SK8 2JE
GEM Chester Road 161-165a Chester Road, Sunderland. SR4 7HS
GEM Connahs Quay 1 Golftyn Lane, Connahs Quay, Flintshire. CH5 4BH
GEM Davenport 209, Bramhall Lane, Stockport, Cheshire. SK2 6JD
GEM Ditchfield Rd Ditchfield Road, Widnes, Merseyside WA8 8RF
GEM Falsgrave Road 97-107 Falsgrave Road, Scarborough. YO12 5EG
GEM Filey 3 Murray Street, Filey, Yorkshire. YO14 9DA
GEM Fulwood 1 Black Bull Lane, Fulwood, Preston, Lancs. PR2 3PT
GEM Handforth 118 Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Cheshire. SK9 3LQ
GEM Harington Road 56 Harington Road, Formby, Merseyside. L37 1NV
GEM Hartlepool Unit 1, The Powlett, Powlett Road, Hartlepool. TS24 8NA
GEM Haworth Station Road, Haworth, Nr. Keighley, West Yorks. BD22 8NJ
GEM Hazel Grove 77-87 Arundel Avenue, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 5LD
GEM High Park 1-3 High Park Place, Churchtown, Southport. PR9 7QP
GEM Huntington Road Turner Close, York, Yorkshire. YO31 9FD
GEM Hutton Cranswick 41 Main Street, Hutton Cranswick, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 9QN
GEM Hutton Way 12 Hutton Way, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA2 7TH
GEM Kirkbymoorside 22 Market Place, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. YO62 6DA
GEM Kitt Green 228 City Road, Kitt Green, Wigan, Lancs. WN5 0BG
GEM Lamb Street 36 Lamb Street, Upperby, Carlisle. CA2 4NF
GEM Lanchester 10 Front Street, Lanchester, Co. Durham. DH7 0ER
GEM Leeds Road 351-357 Leeds Road, Nelson, Lancs. BB9 8RP
GEM Leigh 262, Firs Lane, Leigh, Lancs. WN7 4TT
GEM Leyland Lane 343 Leyland Lane, Leyland, Lancs. PR25 1UP
GEM Litherland 14 Sefton Road, Litherland, Liverpool L21 7PG
GEM Longtown Netherby Street, Longtown, Cumbria. CA6 5SA
GEM Lowther Street 133 Lowther Street, York YO31 7NA
GEM Market Place 28 Market Place, Brampton, Cumbria. CA8 1RL
GEM Middleton 62-64 Stanicliffe Road, Middleton, Manchester. M24 2NU
GEM Monkseaton Corner House, Front St, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay. NE25 8AQ
GEM New Middleton 231 Hollins Lane, Middleton, Manchester M24 5LU
GEM New Sedbergh Station Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria. LA10 5DL
GEM Newton-le-Willows 105 High Street, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9SL
GEM Newtown Road 63/69 Newtown Road, Carlisle, Cumbria. CA2 7JB
GEM North Seaton 2-4 Meadowfield, North Seaton, Ashington. NE63 9TR
GEM Nunthorpe 99 Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough. TS7 OJS
GEM Old Hall Frobisher Court, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9PQ
GEM Padiham Road 468-470 Padiham Road, Burnley. BB12 6TD
GEM Penketh 1-2 Honiton Way, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2EY
GEM Petteril Bank 10/12 Petteril Bank Road, Harraby, Carlisle. CA1 3AH
GEM Poulton 90/94 Garstang Road East, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs. FY6 7EP
GEM Prescot Rd 305 Prescot Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 3HG
GEM Preston Brook 2 Bridgewater Grange, Preston Brook, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 3AL
GEM Sandringham Road 3/5 Sandringham Road, Walton-le-dale, Preston. PR5 4QN
GEM Scawthorpe 151 Petersgate, Scawthorpe, Doncaster, S Yorks. DN5 9JW
GEM Seaton Carew 50 Elizabeth Way, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, Cleveland. TS25 2AX
GEM Shiremoor 28 Park Lane, Shiremoor, Tyne & Wear. NE27 OTH
GEM Silloth Solway Street, Silloth, Cumbria CA7 4AR
GEM Sleights 83 Coach Road, Sleights, Whitby, North Yorks. YO22 5EH
GEM Todmorden Road 113 Todmorden Road, Burnley, Lancs. BB11 3EX
GEM Trimdon Ave 128 Trimdon Avenue, Acklam, Middlesbrough, Cleveland. TS5 8SB
GEM West Auckland Station Road, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland. DL14 9HA
GEM Whalley 9 George Street, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 9TH
GEM Whitefield Unit 5, Ribble Drive, Whitefield, Greater Manchester. M45 8NE
GEM Whitehaven Richmond Hill Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven, Cumbria. CA28 8SU
GEM Wigton 40 King Street, Wigton, Cumbria.  CA7 9EJ
GEM Willaston 12 Neston Road, Willaston, Wirral. CH64 2TQ
GEM Wincham Linnards Lane, Wincham, Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 6ED
GEM Wolsingham 2 Market Place, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland. DL13 3AF
GEM Workington 128 Westfield Drive, Workington, Cumbria. CA14 3RW


Confirmed stores with North East Convenience Stores:

North East Convenience Stores
Store Name Address Telephone
Blyth 19 Brierley Road, Blyth,
NE24 5PP
01670 362 322
Howdon Tynemouth Road, Howdon,
Wallsend NE28 OEA
0191 2634682
Shields 4–6 Lord Street, South Shields,
Tyne & Wear NE33 3DB
0191 4271487
Wrekenton 161–163 High Street, Wrekenton,
Gateshead NE9 7JR
0191 4875709
Stanley 194-200 Park Road, Southmoor,
Stanley, County Durham
01207 281226
Shotton The Willows, Salters Lane, Shotton,
Nr Peterlee, County Durham DH6 2PT
0191 5268801
Oxford Rd 147-149 Oxford Road
Hartlepool TS25 5NH
01429 868077
Kenton 37-39 Halewood Avenue, Kenton
Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 2140581
Grindon 88 The Broadway
Grindon, Sunderland
0191 522 6069
Sheriff 26-28 Sheriff’s Highway, Gateshead,
Tyne & Wear NE9 5UE
0191 4872224
Gosforth 83a Salters Road, Gosforth,
Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 2853880
Eston 139 High St, Eston,
Middlesbrough TS6 9JD
01642 453663
Catcote 64 – 68 Catcote Road,
TS25 4HG
01429 890096
Owton 228/234 Owton Manor Lane,
 TS25 3QD
01429 223187
Kings 83 King Oswy Drive,
Hartlepool TS24 9PS
01429 869968
Wynyard 47/49 Wynyard Road,
Hartlepool TS25 2LB
01429 867457
Norton 64-66 Leven Road,
TS20 1DP
01642 554060
Thornaby Lanehouse Road,
Thornaby TS17 8ED
01642 671845
Fenham 271-291 Two Ball Lonnen, Fenham,
Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 2741211
Hardwick High Newham Road,
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8JZ
01642 615691
Marton 14 Stokesley Road, Marton,
01642 317028
BB Longbenton 2 The Boulevard
West Park Avenue
NE12 8GA
0191 2700329
BB Shields 257 Prince Edward Road,
South Shields, Tyne & Wear
NE34 7LZ
0191 4565827
Hylton Rd 165-167 Hylton Road,
Sunderland SR4 7YF
0191 5670198
Torrens 1 The Torrens, North Hylton Road,
Sunderland SR5 3TU
0191 5484289
Shildon Unit 1,
Jubilee Road,
Shildon DL4 2AL
01388 777739
Saltburn Windsor Road,
TS12 1BD
01287 624711
Kelloe Front Street, Kelloe,
County Durham DH6 4PD
0191 3779849
Seaton Burn Bridge Street,
Seaton Burn NE13 6EN
0191 236 7192