SPAR in Northern Ireland has announced that it will hold the biggest ever Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie on Saturday 16 June from 10am – 2pm.

The tea parties will take place in SPAR stores across Northern Ireland and will aim to smash last year’s fundraising total of over £30,000.

Every penny raised from the tea parties will go towards the palliative care charity in Northern Ireland and will provide vital services throughout every community in Northern Ireland, from overnight nursing care to essential equipment.

Since the partnership between SPAR and Marie Curie began in Northern Ireland in 2017, shoppers and staff have raised more than £100,000.

This year, SPAR has also partnered with some of their key brands to raise even more for the charity; from 11 June – 01 July, Kingsmill and Hovis will donate 10p from the sale of every Kingsmill 800g thick and medium soft white loaf and Ormo six pack pancakes sold in SPAR NI stores, to Marie Curie.

Stephen Gartland, a SPAR retailer whose grandfather was cared for by Marie Curie says he is delighted to be involved in the Blooming Great Tea Party for a second year; “Marie Curie nurses were able to make my Grandfather’s final week much more bearable as he did not want to go into a hospice, he wanted to be at home.

“The nurses were able to come to administer medication to him in those final days so he was at home and at peace. Their care went beyond this, ensuring the whole family was okay and we knew what was going on. They are an incredible charity and their services were invaluable to the family during Grandad’s last days.

“I’m delighted to be holding two SPAR Blooming Great Tea Parties in my stores in Mount Eagles and Aghagallon and we look forward to welcoming everyone to raise lots of money for Marie Curie on the 16th June.”

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing added; “We have formed a great relationship with Marie Curie in the past year, and we’re really excited to hold the second of the biggest ever Blooming Great Tea Parties across Northern Ireland.

“Marie Curie nurses are providing a really vital service across our communities, and we want to make sure that, as prominent members of all communities in Northern Ireland, we’re enabling more services to be available.”

The 2018 SPAR NI Blooming Great Tea Parties take place on Saturday 16 June from 10am – 2pm in over 240 SPAR stores across Northern Ireland.

Shoppers across the country can pop in to their local store and donate some change in exchange for a cup of tea or coffee from Barista Bar, as well as an enjoy local traybake or homemade bake from staff in store.