Spar retailers, staff and customers from around the UK have helped raise an £567,000 for ChildLine over the past year, smashing the symbol group’s target donation of £500,000.
Stores took part in a host of fundraising activities including fancy dress, car washes, raffles, cake sales and 5k runs to raise the money.
Patricia Wheway, Spar UK charity controller, said: “ChildLine has handled more than 2.9 million counselling sessions with children and young people since its launch in October 1986. Spar retailers have put in a phenomenal amount of hard work to achieve this amazing result, and helped thousands of children in the process,” she said.
ChildLine is the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for vulnerable children and young people provided by the NSPCC. It costs just £4 for a child to speak to a trained ChildLine counsellor, which means that Spar retailers, staff and customers have helped nearly 150,000 children receive the advice and support from ChildLine in the past year.