NSPCC day raises £15k at stores

STAFF and customers at a supermarket chain have helped raise vital cash which will support vulnerable children.

Thousands of pounds was raised in SPAR stores across Northumberland as part of the Go Green day last month in aid of NSPCC’s ChildLine services.

Stores took on an emerald hue for the day and staff were asked to wear something green.

A variety of in-store fundraising activities were held including cake sales, raffles, fancy dress and bucket collections, to help raise more money – with the 500 stores in the north east raising a total of £15,047.

Janet Richardson, NSPCC corporate fundraising manager for the north east, said: “SPAR have been fantastic supporters of the NSPCC for a number of years and staff are always keen to get stuck in to fundraising activities.

“The Go Green day has been a real success, raising a fantastic amount for our ChildLine service to help make sure no child has to suffer alone in silence.

“It is thanks to SPAR’s commitment and the generosity of their customers that they have managed to raise so much.

“I would like to thank local SPAR staff and customers across Northumberland for their support.”

The event was organised by the SPAR distributor for the north of England, James Hall and Co Ltd.

Andrew Barnes, trading and marketing director, said: “The Go Green day has been a great success and we are thrilled that our efforts have paid off.

“Our staff are always keen to raise money for the NSPCC and ChildLine and we’re pleased that so many stores and our head office could get involved in this fun event.”