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Celebrating all the love

We’re supporting the LGBTQ+ community this Pride 2021 and you can too. Read on to find out more about our work with charity partner akt and what Pride means to our colleagues

Show your pride

Helping prevent youth homelessness 

We’re proud to be supporting akt, the national LGBTQ+ youth homeless charity, through our Sparks scheme – because no young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they are. This year, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be doubling all akt Sparks donations during June to celebrate Pride. Make sure to select akt as your chosen Sparks charity in the Sparks hub if you’d like to support!

More about akt

We’re proud of our suppliers 

Our British sunflower supplier Matt Naylor co-founded Agrespect, an organisation that supports LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity in the countryside. 

Keep an eye out for Matthew’s stunning sunflowers in store soon and his rainbow tractor at Birmingham’s Pride celebration in September.

Learn more about Agrespect

What Pride means to our colleagues

David

David, M&S communications business partner

“For me, Pride is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to show support for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community”

Chris

Chris, master barista at our Clapham Junction store

“Pride is an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ+ history, culture, activism and life experience. It’s a reminder of our ongoing struggle for rights and freedoms within the UK and the rest of the world. We march because we can and for those who cannot”

Gemma

Gemma, deputy store manager at our Derby store 

“Pride means that I’m just ‘Gemma’ to everybody in our shop, no labels attached. I’m totally accepted for who I am in an amazing inclusive working environment”

Em

Em, food section manager at our Manchester store

“Going to Pride is an extremely empowering experience. Being comfortable and at ease is often taken for granted by so many others, but in the LGBTQ+ community, feeling this way is so much rarer than it should be”

Ellie

Ellie, warehouse operation support at Castle Donnington

“Pride to me is something that exists all year round. It is a celebration of one’s true self – authentic self – and an opportunity to highlight and fight against the injustices still facing the LGBTQ+ community today”

George

George, customer assistant at our Bury The Rock M&S store

“Pride means that I’m proud to be me!”

Celebrate Pride in style 

Whether you’re attending virtually or heading out to an event this year, pick up a delicous selection of M&S food in store or online, guaranteed to make celebrations extra special. Why not pick up some rainbow-themed fruit to stay fuelled for the festivities, like Sapphire raspberries, Red Diamond strawberries, chunks of orange, pineapple, golden kiwis, blueberries and Victoria blackberries, and arrange in a heart-shaped rainbow? Pick up a selection of our iconic cocktail cans or order our happy hour hamper online and get creative with fruity garnishes. 

Don’t forget: throughout June we will be doubling all Sparks donations to akt, the national LGBTQ+ youth homeless charity, so make sure you’ve set it as your chosen charity!

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