Preston warehouse and office workers in dance challenge for Marie Curie

Posted on - 9th December, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Christmas, Grimsargh, Proud Preston
Screenshot from SPAR dance video Pic: James Hall and Co. Ltd
The dance challenge brought SPAR staff together Pic: James Hall and Co. Ltd

Staff at the Preston SPAR depot are busy spreading Christmas cheer while raising funds for end of life care charity, Marie Curie.


The company is hosting a variety of virtual festive fundraising activities to help bring staff together despite many working from home, in bubbles or newly implemented rotas.

One of the activities has seen staff from the warehouse and offices at Bowland View dancing to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas. They are now asking colleagues from other SPAR shops and production premises to join in with their own socially distanced videos.

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Peter Dodding, Sales and Marketing Director at James Hall and Co., SPAR wholesaler for the north of England, said “This year has certainly been a difficult one and SPAR staff have worked above and beyond to keep essential services going.

“We have so many different roles within the company and staff are located across the north of England, in SPAR stores, production and warehouse facilities, on the road or working from home.

“Our virtual Christmas fundraiser aims to bring everyone together and celebrate the fantastic teamwork staff have demonstrated over such a challenging year.”

Screenshot from SPAR dance video Pic: James Hall and Co. Ltd
Staff from the warehouse and offices at Bowland View have taken part in socially distanced dance video Pic: James Hall and Co. Ltd

Alongside the festive fundraiser, SPAR has launched an initiative that enables Marie Curie nurses in the North of England to collect essential PPE from their local SPAR store.

Peter said: “Nurses have been able to collect a month’s supply of PPE from their nearest SPAR store – including a network of independent SPAR retailers and company owned stores – all of who are thrilled to play a small part in ensuring Marie Curie’s team of dedicated nurses can continue to deliver such a vital service.

We are absolutely delighted that we can help save time and money for the charity to spend where it is needed most. 

“Marie Curie’s services have never been more in demand so please visit our JustGiving page and give what you can.”

Read more: Preston North End to deliver festive hampers to vulnerable members of community

To donate to James Hall and Co.’s festive fundraiser, visit JustGiving.

Support from Marie Curie

If you have been affected by dying, death and bereavement and need support over Christmas and New Year, you can contact Marie Curie on 0800 090 2309 or visit the Marie Curie website.

The support line is also open to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals dealing with end of life care this Christmas. 

Marie Curie Information and Support Line Christmas opening hours:

  • 21, 22 and 23 December: 8am – 6pm
  • 24 December: 10am – 4pm
  • 25 and 26 December: 10am – 2pm
  • 27 December: Closed
  • 28 December: 10am- 4pm
  • 29 December: 8am – 6pm
  • 30 December: 8am – 6pm
  • 31 December: 10am – 4pm
  • 1 January: 10am – 2pm
  • 2 January: 11am – 5pm
  • 3 January: Closed

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