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SPAR brings the sunshine as Bloomin Great Summer fundraiser returns

SPAR stores across Northern Ireland will be shining bright this June as they turn yellow in support of Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Summer fundraiser.

From 09 – 11 June, stores will get stuck into a weekend of fundraising for the charity that provides vital end of life care for thousands across the country, and for which SPAR NI has raised an incredible £753,839 since the partnership began in 2017.

The Blooming Great Summer fundraiser is sponsored by Punjana Tea and comes hot off the heels of Balmoral Show, where visitors raised an incredible £26,758 thanks to their donations in return for one of the infamous red hats. The total will be split between Marie Curie and Cancer Fund for Children.

During the Blooming Great Summer weekend, shoppers can support a host of retailers across the country who will be holding everything from bake sales to barbeques and spinathons to head shaves, all in the name of fundraising for this vital organisation.

There will be key activity happening at stores across Northern Ireland, including Wright’s SPAR Service Station in Portadown, R&J Foods in Coleraine, Hamilton’s SPAR Foodhall in Castlederg, Beatty’s SPAR in Enniskillen, SPAR Seaforde on the Newcastle Road, and SPAR Landscape Filling Station on the Crumlin Road in Belfast.

SPAR Mallusk will also host Q Radio throughout the weekend, while the team will also welcome summer with their bold and bright holiday shirts to encourage donations. The team will be keeping a friend in mind who died from lung cancer in 2020, aged 34. Danielle Martin, store manager added; “The nurses from Marie Curie, meant the world to the family - they said they were their angels. We will be keeping everyone we have lost in our thoughts, and those who cared for them, throughout the weekend.”

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns SPAR in Northern Ireland commented; “As we welcome the summer days and nights, it is the perfect opportunity to get together for a fundraiser, and Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Summer is a great place to start.

“Every SPAR store across Northern Ireland supports Marie Curie as our official charity partner, and this is a chance to elevate that partnership and boost those much needed funds for the organisation. Shoppers can expect their stores to be awash with yellow over the weekend, however our flagship stores will be rising to the occasion and going the extra mile from challenges to treats to encourage donations, so please do support your local retail team!”

Conor O’Kane, Senior Partnership Manager, Marie Curie added; “For 5 years SPAR NI has been smashing through fundraising milestones for Marie Curie, and now they have raised over £750,000.

“This is an incredible total that helps our organisation provide vital end of life care and support throughout local communities, and at our Belfast hospice. We are delighted to see the stores bring such imagination and creativity to their fundraising for the Blooming Great Summer weekend and send huge thanks to everyone for their efforts.”


Flagship stores




SPAR Landscape (Crumlin Rd)

Co. Antrim

Saturday 10th

Shoppers can purchase a sweet treat from the store’s cake sale, while the staff will be wearing their summer brights, turning the store to Marie Curie’s signature yellow for the day. There will also be treats galore with the popular Nugaleto sample pots being given out in return for a donation to the charity.


SPAR Greenmount, Coleraine

Co. Derry/Londonderry

Friday 9th

Shoppers can guess how many sweets are in the jar with a donation – whoever guesses the closest will win! Shoppers can also purchase tickets for the in-store raffle to win a luxury hamper, filled with fresh food and treats. The store will also turn yellow as the team don their Marie Curie t-shirts.


Hamilton’s SPAR Castlederg

Co. Tyrone

Saturday 10th

Hamilton’s will hold a family fun day on Saturday 10 June, where they will not only host a BBQ, but will give one away to one lucky shopper during their exclusive raffle.

On the day, families in the area can bounce the day away thanks to the bouncy castle on site, while also enjoying a cuppa and a baked treat in exchange for a donation towards Marie Curie.

Aiming to raise £5000 across all three Hamilton stores.


Beatty’s SPAR Ballinamallard

Co. Fermanagh

Friday 9th

From 10am – 1pm on Friday, the store will close off a section of their forecourt to provide a quintessential tea party, complete with fine china and bunting to bring the party atmosphere. Shoppers can enjoy hot food, traybakes, sweet treats, tea and coffee all in an exchange for a donation towards the well-deserving charity.

A hamper worth £200 made up of fresh groceries and everyday essentials available instore will be raffled off, while staff will be getting into the spirit with a crazy hair day.


McKibbin’s SPAR Seaforde

Co. Down

Saturday 10th

The store will host a coffee morning with facepainting available for younger visitors, who will also enjoy the ice cream van that will be on site for the day. The store are also inviting local football clubs and schools to cool off with a water balloon fight at the store in the afternoon from 12 – 2pm, while shoppers can grab a bun, a cuppa, an ince cream or a treat in exchange for a donation,


Wright’s SPAR Portadown

Co. Armagh

Saturday 10th

Wright’s will hold a raffle in-store with prizes up for grabs including a £50 Wright’s voucher, a £20 voucher for PG Chips, a Hair For Today voucher, a breakfast for two and a lunch for two at Ellie Mo’s, two £25 M&W Meats parcels, and much more on the day. The draw will be made on Saturday 10 June, where there will also be a flash sale on a host of household essentials. Shoppers can donate to the fundraiser in-store until Sunday 11 June.


SPAR Mallusk

Co. Antrim

9th June

SPAR Mallusk will host Q Radio throughout the day on Friday 09 June, while the team will also welcome in summer with their bold and bright holiday shirts to encourage donations.