The McBride Retail Group has raised £5,553 for palliative care charity Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal through a series of in-store fundraising events as well as bucket collections, selling the well-known daffodil pins and beautiful bouquets of the flowers themselves.

The SPAR employees were fundraising as part of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal, the charity’s headline fundraising event that takes place during the month of March each year. It was easy to spot the fundraising champions in the 11 stores as they donned yellow hats and t-shirts to raise awareness of the campaign and the fantastic work the charity does.

Peter McBride, McBride Retail Group director spoke of the fundraising success saying, “I’d like to firstly thank all of our staff and customers on yet another very successful fundraising day, as well as the fantastic volunteers from Omagh and Enniskillen who supported each store.

“We host regular events in store to support our charity partner, Marie Curie, and the team always go the extra mile to make them a success, as do our customers whose generosity is so gratefully received.”

Anne Hannan, Marie Curie Partnerships Manager, also commented, “The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s largest fundraising drive of the year and it’s been fantastic to have the McBride Retail network investing their time to help make it so successful. This donation will make a huge difference to the lives individuals and families living with a terminal illness and will help our nurses and volunteers to keep on providing an essential service at a daunting and difficult time.”

This year’s Great Daffodil Appeal marked the one year anniversary of SPAR’s UK-wide partnership with the terminal illness charity. Since the beginning of the partnership SPAR Northern Ireland has raised almost £100,000 for the charity with plans afoot for a nationwide ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’ in June.

The McBride Group has raised £22,700 of that total, which is the equivalent of 1,125 hours of nursing care provided for palliative care patients in the local area.