A brave team of SPAR employees are taking on Ireland’s toughest obstacle course challenge this week.

The team, made up of staff from three SPAR branches in Culmore, Church Brae and Church Meadows, which are owned by local retailers, Roberta and Alwyn Curry, have signed up to complete the Hard as Oak challenge.

This is a 10km route set in picturesque Faughan Valley with over 50 obstacles that has been designed to push entrants to the limit. The team’s efforts will not be in vain though, they are taking on the challenge to raise much needed funds for palliative care charity, Marie Curie.

Store owner, Roberta Curry, commended the team’s fundraising efforts saying, “We’re immensely proud of our staff for taking on this challenge. It will be tough, but we know they will help one another out during the challenge and hopefully have a bit of craic along the way. The static bike rides we’ve held in store in the lead up to the Hard as Oak challenge have been really successful so we’re hoping all of our friends and customers in the local community get behind us to help us reach our target.”

The money raised from the static bike rides and the Hard as Oak challenge will help Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and the charity’s hospices, and every penny counts:

  • £20 pays for an hour of nursing care for a person living with a terminal illness in their own home
  • £70 pays for two slide sheets - essential equipment used by Marie Curie nurses to move someone living with a terminal illness safely
  • £180 pays for a Marie Curie nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness for a full nine-hour shift through the night

    The team have set themselves an ambitious fundraising target of £5,000. To support their fundraising efforts, visit the SPAR stores in Culmore, Church Brae or Church Meadows to make a donation in-store or visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/currysspar to donate online.

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