Spar flowers up for Marie Curie

Ruth Jacks
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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.

Spar stores across the UK got into the spring spirit to mark Daffodil Day on March 31, which was the final day of Marie Curie’s largest annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Throughout March, Spar hosted donation boxes in many of its stores and encouraged its customers to donate but from this month onwards, employees are 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.

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

Marie Curie Nurse Ruth Jacks (pictured), who was at a Spar store on Daffodil Day, added: “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.”