SPAR Northern Ireland has raised £97,000 for charity Marie Curie, in celebration of the charity’s 60-year anniversary in the country.
Initially, he convenience retailer set the target of raising £60,000 in one year but has since exceeded the original amount by £37,000 in under six months.
The brand launched a series of successful fundraising events over the year including its Blooming Great Birth-tea parties in June, which raised over £50,000 from pastries, giveaways and raffles.
SPAR also raised £26,000 selling Marie Curie face coverings.
As a result, the store has contributed £452,000 to the charity since the start of its partnership four years ago.
“What a fantastic comeback for our instore fundraising for Marie Curie”, Henderson Group head of corporate marketing Bronagh Luke said.
“We are so grateful to our retailers and store teams for buying to the concept and our shoppers who supported their local stores and this fantastic charity.
“To reach this figure halfway through our birthday year just goes to show what we can achieve for those who most need it in our local communities.
“We are determined to keep the fundraising going for the rest of this special year and beyond.”
Marie Curie senior partnership manager Conor O’Kane added: “This is just fantastic. We were blown away when SPAR NI pledged the £60,000 for the year.
“For them to reach £97,000 already is just incredible but not surprising as we know how much hard work the team puts into such events and the support from loyal retailers and shoppers.”