We’re delighted and proud to support SPAR with this wonderful initiative, in donating SPAR Christmas sandwiches to four Marie Curie Hospices this week.

SPAR has been Marie Curie’s national charity partner since 2017 and in that time the convenience store group has raised £1.67m for the charity.



Press release

17 December 2020

SPAR brings Christmas sandwich cheer to Marie Curie

This festive season, the UK’s leading convenience store group, SPAR, is spreading Christmas cheer by donating sandwiches and treats to Nurses and staff at several Marie Curie Hospice across the UK.

Deliveries of the SPAR Turkey Feast Christmas sandwiches and treats to the hospices based in Edinburgh, Hampstead, West Midlands and Newcastle were made this week to thank staff for the care and support they have provided to dying people, with and without coronavirus, this year. In addition to the special delivery, SPAR is donating 10p from the sale of each of its Turkey Feast sandwich to Marie Curie.

Tom Heron, Senior Partnership Manager at Marie Curie, said: “Our nurses and hospice staff work incredibly hard but this year has been particularly challenging for everyone. Nurses constantly put others before themselves so it’s wonderful to know they’ll have sandwiches and treats to enjoy at the end of their shifts. This is a very thoughtful and generous donation from SPAR, thank you.”

Madeleine Blowing, Brand & Digital Executive at SPAR UK Ltd, said: “Communities are at the heart of everything we do so it was our pleasure to deliver sandwiches and sweet treats to the hospices who do so much for their communities. During a year of such uncertainty and change, it is even more important for us to support Marie Curie and ensure they can continue delivering such vital care and support to families across the UK.”

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity and nurses have been working on the frontline providing nursing care and support for dying people with and without coronavirus. Marie Curie Nurses and hospice staff continue working throughout Christmas to ensure patients and their loved ones receive vital care and support at the end of life.

In addition to donating sandwiches, SPAR also responded to coronavirus pandemic and the logistical challenge the charity was facing in distributing crucial PPE to its Nurses. In the North and South West of England, Marie Curie Nurses are able to collect essential PPE from their local SPAR convenience store and continue caring for dying people and their loved ones during this unprecedented time.

SPAR’s festive sandwiches are available in selected SPAR stores around the UK until 27 December 2020. SPAR will donate 10p from the sale of every Turkey Feast sandwich to Marie Curie.

SPAR has been Marie Curie’s national charity partner since 2017 and in that time the convenience store group has raised £1.67m for the charity.


SPAR is the UK’s leading convenience symbol group with combined turnover in excess of £3 billion in the UK. SPAR entered the UK retail market in 1957 and today services 2,600 stores and employs over 40,000 people. SPAR is a symbol group, which means individual SPAR members remain independent but enjoy access to collective buying and the marketing power of a strong corporate brand. Every SPAR store is tailored to suit the needs of its local community wherever it serves them, offering a genuinely local experience for shoppers.

SPAR chose Marie Curie as its national charity partner in 2017 and in that time SPAR stores have raised a staggering £1.67 million for the charity.

Visit SPAR at www.spar.co.uk on Facebook, Instagram @sparuk, Twitter @SPARintheUK

Marie Curie
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. Marie Curie Nurses, doctors and Hospice staff are on the frontline of the Coronavirus crisis. Every day they are helping to support dying people to be cared for away from hospital. Marie Curie delivers expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Please note we are ‘Marie Curie’ (not ‘Marie Curie Cancer Care’).

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