Local Spar store raise vital funds for children’s charity

Staff from the Spar store, Witnthorpe, recently raised money for the NSPCC in a pop- up shop in the Hildreds Shopping Centre.
Staff from the Spar store, Witnthorpe, recently raised money for the NSPCC in a pop- up shop in the Hildreds Shopping Centre.

SPAR employees from the Winthorpe store in Skegness have recently raised £1693 for the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.

The amount was raised after hosting a special fundraising week when Spar staff took over an unused shopping unit in the Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness.

The amount was raised between 10-15 March where store employees hosted a range of fundraising activities including a tombola and a raffle to win a giant teddy bear.

Visitors could also buy a range of donated gifts to raise money for the service, which is provided by the NSPCC.

Trish Worster from SPAR who organised the event, said: “We are thrilled to have raised so much to help vulnerable children and young people. Local people who dropped by were so generous and they had a great time joining in the fun.”

“We are also grateful to the Hildreds Shopping Centre for letting us make use of the shopping unit and the local community were so generous with their kind donations towards raffle prizes. Their support has been overwhelming and without their generous donations we would not have been able to hold this event,” she said.

The money raised will support the ChildLine Schools Service, a ground-breaking service which has been set up to give primary school children the awareness they need to recognise abuse, and to seek help sooner.

By 2016 trained volunteers from the ChildLine Schools Service aim to have reached 1.7m children through 25,000 school visits in the UK.

Through assemblies and smaller classroom-based workshops they will help children to understand abuse, give them the confidence to talk about it and to know who to turn to if they need help.

Maribeth Lloyds, NSPCC corporate partnerships fundraising manager, said: “I would like to thank all the staff and customers who took part in the event for their support. The event has been a real success, raising a fantastic amount for children, and that’s thanks to the commitment and generosity of everyone involved. The money raised will really help us keep children safe from harm, giving them a brighter, happier future.”

SPAR has been working in partnership with the NSPCC and ChildLine since 2006 and has raised over £3.8 million to support the charity’s services, which help many thousands of children and young people every year.