Marie Curie coins it in thanks to SPAR Scotland

Charity cheque presentation

SPAR Scotland has raised £59,350 during 2020 for Marie Curie from collection tins sited in its 108 company-owned stores.

End of life charity Marie Curie’s nurses have been working on the frontline providing care and support for dying people with and without coronavirus.

In addition to collection tins, SPAR Scotland also supports Marie Curie’s annual events like the Great Daffodil Appeal and the Blooming Great Tea Party. Furthermore, it backs numerous local activities and initiatives.

Colin McLean, CEO of SPAR Scotland, said: “The beauty of the SPAR partnership with Marie Curie is that it allows us to utilise the huge number of SPAR stores within our organisation. Whether that’s through collection tins, in-store fundraising events, SPAR own-label product donations or daffodils sold in our stores, we look to raise awareness of the charity in every way possible.”

SPAR Scotland also announced that Marie Curie Nurses will feature as part of its ‘Behind the Scenes’ campaign which launched earlier this year.

“Along with colleague stories, we feel it is important to share the stories from Marie Curie Nurses and recognise their hard work and all they are doing to support our communities,” added McLean.

Christine Connor, Corporate Partnerships Manager Scotland for Marie Curie, added: “The partnership between Marie Curie and SPAR Scotland is very special. In a year like no other when fundraising opportunities across Scotland have been decimated by the pandemic, the monies raised in 2020 by SPAR Scotland and their customers is nothing short of exceptional!”

SPAR has been Marie Curie’s national charity partner since 2017 and in that time the convenience store group has raised £1.67m for the charity.