Daly’s SPAR in Eglish has raised more than £2,000 for Marie Curie NI through a virtual 5K run held in partnership with local schools and shoppers on St Patrick’s Day.
The funds were handed over by business owner Martin Daly to Marie Curie NI representatives Anne Hannon and Cathal McGurk in the Field of Daffodils, created by community volunteers opposite the store in 2019.
Daly’s has been fundraising for Marie Curie NI since 2017, as part of the SPAR brand’s UK-wide partnership with the organisation.
“Marie Curie is an incredibly important service for the local community, and that’s what we’re all about here at Daly’s SPAR,” said Daly. “When we completed our redevelopment a couple of years ago, we had a piece of land across from the forecourt which we thought would be perfect to plant some bulbs, have as a quiet space and place for reflection, as Marie Curie Fields of Hope symbolise.
“All who took part in our virtual 5K run on St Patrick’s Day really helped boost our fundraising total for Marie Curie, raising £2,085 by running their own route locally last month. We would like to thank everyone in the local community, the local schools and shoppers who all donated very generously.”
Anne Hannon, partnership manager at Marie Curie NI, said: “Our local partnership with the SPAR brand has meant that over a quarter of funds raised from SPAR stores in the UK for Marie Curie has come from retailers in Northern Ireland. It is fantastic to see store teams such as Daly’s create their own events as well as taking part in our national fundraisers. We’re very proud of this partnership which excels in Northern Ireland.”
The store’s next Marie Curie fundraiser is the Blooming Great Tea Party in June, which SPAR NI will be turning into a birthday celebration for their charity partner.
Daly said: “June will be a real celebratory month for SPAR NI and our store as we get involved in all the celebrations, especially in aid of Marie Curie. We hope the restrictions will have eased so that we can enjoy SPAR NI’s Blooming Great Birthday Party with our local shoppers and entire community.”