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This Saturday Trainor’s SPAR in Poyntzpass will be celebrating SPAR NI’s 60th birthday while at the same time raising money for Marie Curie.

In celebration of SPAR NI’s big birthday, the brand has pledged to raise £60,000 for Marie Curie this year and is dedicating their birthday month to the charity.

Trainor’s will have a huge 60th birthday cake for shoppers to enjoy throughout the morning, baked expertly by The Shelbourne Bakery, and will have various golden tickets dotted throughout the store for shoppers to pick up and claim some top prizes.

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns the SPAR brand in Northern Ireland, celebrates the launch of SPAR’s birthday celebrations in aid of Marie Curie with the charity’s Senior Partnership Manager, Conor O’Kane and Olivia Nash, who has thrown her support behind the initiative. Trainor’s SPAR, Poyntzpass will raise funds this weekend to contribute towards SPAR NI’s pledge of £60K for Marie Curie in this, it’s 60th year in Northern Ireland.
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns the SPAR brand in Northern Ireland, celebrates the launch of SPAR’s birthday celebrations in aid of Marie Curie with the charity’s Senior Partnership Manager, Conor O’Kane and Olivia Nash, who has thrown her support behind the initiative. Trainor’s SPAR, Poyntzpass is one of the stores that will raise funds this weekend to contribute towards SPAR NI’s pledge of £60K for Marie Curie.

Store Manager, David Lavery commented; “This is such a treat to get back fundraising properly for Marie Curie, albeit with lots of safety measures in place. The Blooming Great Tea Party is always a great event and opportunity for us to fundraise with the community, so while we’re scaling things back a bit, we’ll have golden tickets to pick up and exchange for goodies, while shoppers can also enjoy a slice of cake to celebrate SPAR’s 60th in Northern Ireland.“Shoppers can also donate to enter into our raffle where we have prizes such as a £50 fuel voucher, a SMORES kit, flowers and a Calor Gas Barbecue. We look forward to contributing to this very worthy cause.”

Trainor’s will also be stocking the SPAR enjoy local round cakes, from which SPAR will donate 60p from the sale of each to their charity.

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group explained; “From 2017, we created the biggest Blooming Great Tea Party by hosting over 200 in-store events across our SPAR stores, raising over £182,000 through this initiative alone.

“The pandemic has caused a very challenging year for the charity, and although we were able to create the Pick me up Picnic to raise some much-needed funds over the summer, and donate £30,000 from our recent Buy A Bunch to Give A Bunch campaign for the Great Daffodil Appeal, we are thrilled to be able to get back on track and transform the tea parties into birthday parties as we celebrate 60 years of SPAR serving local communities.”

Big local brand Tayto will sponsor the initiative, Bronagh continued; “It’s fantastic to have Tayto on board as they will really bring the party to life with their selection of crisps and popcorn. They have also contributed fabulous prizes for shoppers to get their hands on and join in on the celebrations.

“We are staying safe, but we are dedicated to supporting our charity partner during our year of celebrations.”

Conor O’Kane, Senior Partnership Manager at Marie Curie added; “Yet again, SPAR NI has surpassed our expectations and Trainor’s have planned a fantastic initiative to include us in their birthday celebrations. The pledge of £60K to Marie Curie during this birthday year means that we could provide 3,000 extra hours of nursing care in the community or provide a 24-hour stay in our Hospice for 150 patients to get the hands-on care they need.

“We wish all at Trainor’s SPAR and our other retailer friends at SPAR NI all the best for a safe and fun fundraising morning this Saturday.”

For more on SPAR NI’s birthday celebration plans, visit SPAR-NI.CO.UK

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