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SPAR St Fagans Raises Over £30,000 for NSPCC

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR St Fagans in Cardiff raises a huge £30,379 for the NSPCC

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Community Engagement Report 2016/17 Out Now

August 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore publishes its Community Engagement Report for 2016/17

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Colleagues Fundraise £6,400 for Bradley Lowery Foundation

August 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues don their favourite football shirts in aid of ‘Cancer Has No Colours’

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Colleague Football Tournament Raises Over £1,000 for NSPCC

July 31, 2017

Colleagues take to the pitch for Blakemore Retail’s annual football tournament in aid of the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Goes Green for Environmental Focus Week

July 05, 2017

As part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business, colleagues across A.F. Blakemore have taken part in the company’s first ever Environmental Focus Week

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Colleagues Complete Sponsored Walk for Kidney Wales

June 19, 2017

Colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore’s Talbot Green depot embarked upon an 11 mile Walk for Life to raise over £1,600 for Kidney Wales.

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Hastings Logistics Colleagues Raise £4,000 for Local Hospice

May 31, 2017

Colleagues from A.F. Blakemore’s Hastings depot tackle a 16-mile walk to raise more than £4,000 for a hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea

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Blakemore Trade Partners Supports South Wales Youth Project

May 26, 2017

An army of 40 volunteers from Blakemore Trade Partners has donated 520 hours of employee time supporting a youth project in South Wales

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Blakemore Employees Roll Up Sleeves for Give & Gain Day 2017

May 19, 2017

26 employee volunteers from across A.F. Blakemore donated their time to making a positive difference to local communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering

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Blakemore Colleagues Show Eggceptional Easter Support for Local Good Causes

April 19, 2017

Easter comes early for local good causes across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area with an ‘eggs-plosion’ of colleague charitable giving and fundraising

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A.F. Blakemore Extends Charitable Giving Scheme for Independent Retailers

April 10, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd extends the offering of its charitable trust to provide additional support to its independent retailers

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Llanharry Raise £2,000 for Life-saving Defibrillators

April 07, 2017

A Blakemore Retail SPAR store in Llanharry is saving lives by fundraising £2,000 for a Welsh heart charity.

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A.F. Blakemore Launches 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme

April 05, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is celebrating its centenary with a charitable giving scheme offering one-off community grants worth £1,917 to good causes across the company’s trading area

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Blakemore Colleagues Join Forces to Help Local Good Cause

April 03, 2017

A team of 30 colleagues from Blakemore Retail and Blakemore Trade Partners donate more than 250 hours of employee time to supporting a local community allotment

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Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Retail joins forces to help local good cause

March 13, 2017

A team of 30 colleagues from across Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Retail have donated more than 250 hours of employee time to support a local community allotment.

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2017 Responsible Business Report Out Now

February 28, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has published its 2017 Responsible Business Report

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Blakemore Branching Out Calls for Reading Volunteers

February 24, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s new community programme, Blakemore Branching Out, is looking for colleagues to take part in reading volunteering at primary schools across the company’s trading area

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Blakemore Branching Out Completes First School-Based Activity

January 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out community programme completes its first engagement activity in a West Midlands school

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Employability Programme

January 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore launches a new community programme to inspire, engage and motivate young people into the world of work

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Blakemore Retail SPAR stores support the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal.

December 23, 2016

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail made it their mission to help the disadvantaged this Christmas by collecting £1,500 worth of stock in store for the homeless.

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Blakemore Fine Foods Donates 50 Christmas Gifts

December 20, 2016

Blakemore Fine Foods colleagues brighten up Christmas for children in their local community by donating 50 gifts

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Road Safety Week Reaches Out to 900 Schoolchildren

November 29, 2016

More than 900 pupils from across the West Midlands are educated on the rules of the road as part of Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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Blakemore Volunteers Donate 1,000 Hours to Operation Christmas Child

November 29, 2016

Colleagues across Blakemore Retail, Blakemore Trade Partners and Accounts step into the festive spirit by preparing Christmas shoeboxes for children in need

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Halloween Spooktacular

November 02, 2016

A.F. Blakemore colleagues get into the spirit of Halloween with a whole host of spooky-themed fundraising activities

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Blakemore Employees Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

September 30, 2016

Blakemore employees donate more than £1,500 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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Blakemore Retail Recognised with Five Retail Industry Awards

September 30, 2016

Blakemore Retail scoops five category wins and one commendation at the prestigious Retail Industry Awards

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Summer of Fundraising Supports More Good Causes

September 01, 2016

A.F. Blakemore employees brighten up local communities with a sensational array of summer fundraisers

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Blakemore Fresh Foods Supports CarFest

August 30, 2016

Blakemore Fresh Foods supports CarFest for BBC Children in Need

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A.F. Blakemore Opens Doors to Work Experience Students

August 29, 2016

A.F. Blakemore opens its doors to 23 work experience students over the summer as part of its Work Inspiration Programme

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Eight Stores Join Forces to Transform Rhosddu Church

August 26, 2016

A team of 23 Blakemore Retail volunteers renovates St James church in Rhossdu to prepare it for use as a community food bank

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes Intern from SPAR Italy

August 24, 2016

A.F. Blakemore welcomes an intern from SPAR Italy to the company on an 11-week work placement

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Betws- y- Coed SPAR helps St. Mary’s Church raise a further £3,000

August 24, 2016

Betws- y- Coed SPAR helped St. Mary’s Church host a Ceilidh fundraiser at on August 5th, 2016, to raise an astonishing £3,000.

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SPAR and Wholesale Golf Days Swing into Action

August 02, 2016

More than 500 guests attend Blakemore Wholesale’s annual Charity Golf Day and the Meridian & Welsh Guild Golf & Leisure Day

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Future Sports Stars Battle It Out at Blakemore Logistics Junior Football Competition

July 28, 2016

Football fever descends on the Black Country this summer for the Blakemore Logistics Junior Football Competition

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Barnsley Cash & Carry Depot Raises Over £500 for Local Children’s Hospice

July 20, 2016

Employees from Blakemore Wholesale Barnsley held a depot fun day in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

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Blakemore Retail Crowned Regional Corporate Partner of the Year

July 13, 2016

Blakemore Retail has been recognised as Corporate Partner of the Year in the West Midlands at the NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards 2016.

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Community Celebrations Commemorate Queen’s 90th

June 27, 2016

Blakemore employees across England and Wales lay on a host of royal celebrations in their local communities to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

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Triple Success for A.F. Blakemore’s Responsible Business Programme

June 27, 2016

Three of A.F. Blakemore’s responsible business programmes receive reaccreditation for a second year at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards

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Blakemore Wholesale Fun Day Raises Almost £700 for Guide Dogs Charity

June 03, 2016

Employees at the Wolverhampton cash and carry depot and Wholesale Trading department hosted a jam-packed fundraiser on May 26th 2016 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

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Blakemore Employees Support Largest National Day of Volunteering

May 24, 2016

One hundred Blakemore employee volunteers donate more than 800 work hours to Give & Gain Day 2016

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Foodservice Wakefield Takes On Biggest Community Project Yet

May 04, 2016

Blakemore Foodservice colleagues get digging, donating more than 100 hours to a local community centre

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London Marathon Fundraising Tops £14,000

April 29, 2016

Four A.F. Blakemore employees raise more than £14,000 for charity by running the London Marathon

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SPAR store raise £25,000 for the NSPCC.

April 14, 2016

Blakemore Retail SPAR St. Fagan’s in Cardiff has raised over £25,000 for the NSPCC.

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Name That Programme: New Community Competition

March 29, 2016

Name A.F. Blakemore’s new community programme and win a £20 gift voucher of your choice

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Easter Giving Eggstravaganza

March 29, 2016

A.F. Blakemore employees put the ‘spring’ into Easter with a boost of charitable giving

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Blakemore Retail Charity Ball Raises £32,000 for NSPCC

March 15, 2016

Blakemore Retail’s Charity Ball celebrates £2 million of fundraising for the children’s charity

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Blakemore Retail Fundraises Further £67,261 for NSPCC

March 01, 2016

Blakemore Retail’s latest donation of £67,261 to the NSPCC brings the overall amount donated by the business to the charity to more than £2.3 million

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SPAR Pinchbeck Celebrates Store Re-launch with School Lunch Giveaway

February 29, 2016

SPAR Pinchbeck celebrates a store refit with a grand re-launch event and healthy lunch giveaway for more than 300 local schoolchildren

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SPAR and Subway Collaborate to Promote Healthy Eating

February 01, 2016

SPAR stores in North Wales team up with Subway to help educate schoolchildren on the importance of a healthy balanced diet

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Blakemore Trade Partners Takes On Biggest Community Project Yet

February 01, 2016

A team of 64 colleagues from Blakemore Trade Partners volunteer more than 400 hours of work time to an outdoor education centre in Oxfordshire

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Christmas Inspires Blakemore Festive Bonanza

December 23, 2015

Employees brighten up their local communities with festive fundraisers and volunteering events in aid of local good causes

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Blakemore Wholesale Give Christmas Boost to Essington Food Bank

December 17, 2015

Blakemore Wholesale’s Wolverhampton cash & carry got into the Christmas spirit by donating goods to Essington Food Bank

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West Midlands Schools Learn Rules of the Road

November 30, 2015

More than 700 pupils across the West Midlands are educated on the rules of the road as part of Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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Blakemore Employees Fundraise for Children in Need

November 27, 2015

Staff from up and down the country raise almost £1,500 for the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal

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SPAR Spread Festive Sparkle to Support Operation Christmas Child

November 25, 2015

SPAR staff from the North West of England came together to support Operation Christmas Child.

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A.F. Blakemore Publishes Group Responsibility Report

November 25, 2015

Take a look at A.F. Blakemore’s group-wide Responsible Business Report, showcasing responsible business activity undertaken the 2014/15 financial year

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A.F. Blakemore Employees Help Children in Need

November 19, 2015

A.F. Blakemore employee’s backed the bear this autumn for BBC’s Children in Need Appeal.

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Community Volunteering Steps Up for October Half Term

November 05, 2015

Community volunteering across A.F. Blakemore steps up a gear for October half term, with employees donating more than 150 hours of work time to community groups

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Blakemore Foodservice Employees Conquer Snowdon for Charity

October 29, 2015

Eleven Blakemore Foodservice employees along with friends and family members donned their mountain boots to climb Mount Snowdon for charity.

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A.F. Blakemore Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

September 26, 2015

Keen bakers from across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area put their culinary skills to the test by hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Bowls Tournament Raises £400 for Hospice

September 08, 2015

A convenience store owner from Shropshire held a bowls tournament and raised £400 for Hope House Children’s Hospice.

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Blakemore Retail Volunteers Transform Clwyd Special Riding Centre

August 27, 2015

Twenty Blakemore Retail volunteers offer a helping hand to a special needs riding centre in North Wales

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Group Buying Controller Cycles for Charity

August 26, 2015

Group Buying Controller Cy Wisenden raises almost £2,000 by taking on two cycling challenges

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Head Shave Raises £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support

August 25, 2015

A SPAR store manager from Milford Haven is feeling the breeze, after shaving his hair and beard off for charity.

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Blakemore Foodservice Donates £500 to Candlelighters

July 31, 2015

Wakefield employees donate £500 to children’s cancer charity Candlelighters

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SPAR Supports Pupils to ‘Grow their Own’

July 16, 2015

Schoolchildren from a South Wales-based primary school are able to grow their own vegetables thanks to the volunteering efforts of employees from Blakemore Retail

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Blakemore Wholesale Middlesbrough Battle the Bubbles for Butterwick Hospice

July 09, 2015

Six employees from Blakemore Wholesale, Middlesbrough took part in a 5K Bubble Race in aid of Butterwick Hospice.

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Lifestyle Express Raises £2,640 for Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK

July 07, 2015

More than 80 convenience store retailers from across the Lifestyle Express stores group raise funds for Make-A-Wish® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions

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Blakemore Retail Raises £14,173 for Nepal Earthquake Survivors

June 30, 2015

The Disasters Emergency Committee thanks Blakemore Retail for donating £14,173 to its Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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SPAR Betws- Y- Coed Support Local Fundraiser

June 29, 2015

SPAR Betws- Y- Coed, together with St Mary’s Church and a number of local businesses have raised £1,500 for St David’s Hospice, Hope Restored and Link International.

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SPAR and YMCA Launch First ‘Not for Profit’ Store

June 25, 2015

Blakemore Trade Partners and YMCA North Staffordshire launch a SPAR social enterprise in Stoke on Trent

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New A.F. Blakemore Newspaper Published

June 24, 2015

A.F. Blakemore publishes a new Blakemore Way newspaper for summer 2015

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SPAR Glemsford Lend Helping Hand to Local School

June 19, 2015

Blakemore Retail SPAR Glemsford has lent a helping hand to their local primary school by funding the refurbishment of the school’s adventure playground.

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Triple Big Tick Success for A.F. Blakemore

June 11, 2015

A.F. Blakemore celebrates after three of its responsible business programmes retain their Big Tick status at the Business in the Community 2015 Awards for Excellence

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Children’s Hospice Receives Cash Boost

June 11, 2015

A Black Country children’s hospice has received a cash boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of employees from Blakemore Foodservice, Jamesbridge.

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A.F. Blakemore Partners with The Prince’s Trust

May 29, 2015

Blakemore Logistics teams up with The Prince’s Trust to help a group of unemployed young people from across the West Midlands find work in the logistics industry

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Blakemore Employees Support Largest National Day of Volunteering

May 19, 2015

More than 50 employee volunteers from across the A.F. Blakemore estate make a difference to their communities as part of Business in the Community’s national day of volunteering

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Blakemore Logistics Transport Managers Cycle London to Paris

April 29, 2015

Blakemore Logistics transport managers Dave Higgs and Pete James embark on a four-day bike ride in aid of Bowel Cancer UK

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Blakemore Retail Helps to Combat the Ebola Crisis

March 26, 2015

Oxfam thanks Blakemore Retail for donating £11,626 to the charity’s Ebola Crisis Appeal

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A.F. Blakemore Practice Interviews Support 1,500 Students

March 26, 2015

A.F. Blakemore’s Education Matters programme breaks records, with employees supporting more than 1,500 students in practice interviews so far this financial year

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Wholesale Trading Supports Birmingham Drop-in Centre

March 25, 2015

A Birmingham-based charity tackling homelessness and alcohol misuse receives a helping hand from staff at Blakemore Wholesale

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Blakemore Foodservice Recognised with Birmingham Social Responsibility Standard

March 10, 2015

Blakemore Foodservice receives Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility accreditation from Birmingham City Council

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Wangford SPAR donate bottled water in bid to raise funds for WaterAid.

March 10, 2015

A convenience store owner from Wangford, Suffolk has flooded their local church’s fundraising appeal by donating more than 500 bottles of mineral water to raise funds for WaterAid.

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Finance Volunteers Lend Helping Hand to Local Food Bank

March 02, 2015

Four members of staff from A.F. Blakemore’s Willenhall Finance team help prepare food packages for The Well Foodbank

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Abbots Langley SPAR Tougher Than Ever

February 10, 2015

Blakemore Retail’s SPAR Abbots Langley are a longstanding supporters of the Abbots Langley Tough Ten Races.

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New A.F. Blakemore Magazine Published

February 02, 2015

A.F. Blakemore publishes a new company magazine featuring activity that has taken place across the business over the last year

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Blakemore’s Spreads Christmas Cheer

December 29, 2014

Employees brighten up their local communities with festive fundraisers and volunteering events in aid of local good causes

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A.F. Blakemore Joins Forces with Barclays

December 02, 2014

Employee volunteers from A.F. Blakemore’s finance department join forces with Barclays to support young people across the Black Country in a day of enterprise challenges

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School Pupils Shown the Rules of the Road

November 18, 2014

A total of 1,175 school pupils from across the West Midlands, South Wales and Hastings take part in a road safety awareness campaign organised by Blakemore Logistics

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A.F. Blakemore Supports Express & Star Apprenticeship Campaign

November 11, 2014

A.F. Blakemore’s accounts department has opened its doors to a young apprentice as part of the Express & Star’s Ladder for the Black Country apprenticeship campaign.

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Blakey’s Journey to Becoming a Guide Dog Continues

November 11, 2014

Blakemore Wholesale has donated a total of £10,000 to the Guide Dogs charity following its sponsorship of guide dog Blakey 12 months ago.

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Sky Dive Raises in Excess of £2,000 for Prostate Cancer UK

October 28, 2014

Three employees from Blakemore Retail Dolgellau raise more than £2,000 following a sky dive for Prostate Cancer UK

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Retailers Get Running for Charity

October 28, 2014

A SPAR store owner from South Wales puts on her running shoes to raise £1,800 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

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SPAR Retail Show Supports Birmingham Central Foodbank

October 01, 2014

Families from across Birmingham benefit from a donation of food and drink thanks to the Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show 2014

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£9,000 Raised for Norfolk Accident and Rescue Service

September 23, 2014

A store manager from Blakemore Retail SPAR Great Yarmouth has helped to raise around £9,000 for Norfolk Accident & Rescue Service

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SPAR Retailer Raises £520 for the British Heart Foundation

September 16, 2014

A store manager from SPAR Ely raised £520 for the British Heart Foundation by jumping 10,000 feet from an aeroplane.

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Local SPAR Store in Bromsgrove Raises Vital Funds for Children

September 03, 2014

Employees from Blakemore Retail Bromsgrove have used pedal power to raise £450 for the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service

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Blakemore Retail Donates Further £44,000 to ChildLine

September 02, 2014

Blakemore Retail employees donate a further £44,097 to the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service

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Community Volunteering Soars Over Summer

September 01, 2014

Employees have donated more than 1,500 hours to community activities since July

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SPAR Romsley donates £681 to Romsley Parish Council

August 27, 2014

SPAR independent retailers Jag and Raji Purewal donated £681 to Romsley Parish Council from food and drink sales following the Romstock Festival and a match fund from the Blakemore Foundation.

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