Tea parties to be held at Spar stores across NI to raise funds for Marie Curie

Chris Sewell, store manager at Spar, Ravenhill Road, gets ready for the Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie

MORE than 200 tea parties are set to be held at Spar stores across Northern Ireland on Saturday to raise funds for Marie Curie.

Every penny collected from the 'Blooming Great Tea Party' will go towards the palliative care charity and will provide vital services, from overnight nursing care to essential equipment.

Shoppers can pop in to their local store and donate some change in exchange for a cup of tea or coffee and buns.

The tea party event will be held in 240 stores with hopes high that last year's fundraising total of more than £30,000 can be beaten.

The Irish News is also getting involved with the campaign by making a donation for every copy of the Weekend edition of the newspaper sold in Spar NI stores on Saturday and Sunday.

Kingsmill and Hovis are also set to donate 10p from the sale of some of their products sold in the stores.

Shopkeeper Stephen Gartland, whose grandfather was cared for by Marie Curie staff at home, said he was delighted to be involved in the initiative.

He will be holding two events at his stores in Mount Eagles and Aghagallon.

Bronagh Luke from Spar said: "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 be available".

The Blooming Great Tea Parties will take place on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. For more information, please visit

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