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SPAR launches new partnership with Marie Curie

SPAR Enniskillen staff and volunteers from Marie Curie.

SPAR employees and customers around the UK have proudly donned yellow daffodils in support of Marie Curie and to announce a new partnership with the terminal illness charity.

The leading convenience store chain 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 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland got into the spring spirit to mark Daffodil Day on the 31st of March which is the final day of Marie Curie’s largest annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Ruth Jacks, Marie Curie nurse receiving some donations from Claire Dolan customer at McBrides SPAR Enniskillen.

Throughout March, SPAR has hosted donation boxes in many of its stores and encouraged their customers to donate but from today, employees will be giving up their time and energy to raise money for the charity whose nurses help people living with terminal illnesses and their families to make the most of the time they have left.

SPAR will also be supporting Marie Curie fundraising campaigns throughout the year, including the charity’s Blooming Great Tea Party which takes place in June.

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.

To celebrate the end of the month-long Great Daffodil Appeal the charity urged people throughout the UK to wear their yellow daffodil on the 31st of March, donate, and share the reason why they are wearing their daffodil.

As well as employees working in all of SPAR’s 2,700 stores, the call to wear a daffodil was also met by several celebrities who explained why they were wearing their daffodil and shared memories of loved ones in a touching online video.

Those sharing memories included chart-topping musician Olly Murs, Hollywood actor Jason Isaacs, Wanted star and solo artist Nathan Sykes, and TV favourite, Stephen Mangan.

Debbie Robinson, Managing Director for SPAR UK, spoke about her excitement about the new partnership:

“Both Marie Curie and SPAR are active in serving local communities throughout the UK and we at SPAR are also passionate about giving back to those communities and being there for them. We hope that in raising money for Marie Curie, we will make a real difference for those affected by terminal illness.

“Terminal illness impacts not only the person who is ill but also their friends and loved ones. We are supporting Marie Curie because we know the difference they make to families across the UK, and also the wider community – they help many people through what can be the most difficult time in their life.”

Aoife Gillen, Enniskillen helping to promote Marie Curie at McBrides SPAR in Enniskillen.

Marie Curie Nurse, Ruth Jacks was at the SPAR store on Sligo Road, Enniskillen on the Friday, said:

“It’s so lovely to see the energy here from the SPAR staff and their enthusiasm for Marie Curie and the work that we do.

“As a Marie Curie Nurse I am working in people’s homes and now how much they depend on the services we provide. But despite the fact that everyone is likely to be affected by terminal illness at some point in their lives, not everyone in the UK receives the help that they need. This partnership will make a real difference – the money raised which will help us to provide care and support to more people.”

The Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, took place throughout March and culminated in Daffodil Day on the 31st of March. Funds raised will help Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and the charity’s hospices For more information on how to donate, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025.