At M&S, we’re committed to being a good neighbour to the 1,519 local communities our shops serve, and to supporting the causes that are important to our 31 million customers and 78,000 colleagues.
Every time you shop with Sparks, whether in store or online, we donate to your chosen charity. Together, we’ve raised almost £7 million so far.
We’ve spoken to our colleagues and listened to our customers to find out more about the causes that matter to them most, and have added 25 new charities to Sparks. Take a look below to discover all of our Sparks charities and the amazing work they do
The Black Curriculum aims to provide a sense of belonging and identity to young people across the UK. We do this by teaching an accessible arts focused Black British history curriculum to young people in schools through the delivery of our programmes, as well as supporting teachers through teacher training. Our programmes are designed to develop a sense of identity and belonging among young people, as well as to help build social cohesion and raise attainment for all students. The Black Curriculum is a registered charity (12033713)
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust aims to be a fitting legacy to Stephen’s memory and is dedicated to transforming the life chances of disadvantaged young people, improving the world in they live to enable them to develop and nurture their talent by:1.Working with young people to transform their lives by overcoming disadvantage, social exclusion, and discrimination.2.Awarding bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly from Black and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds.3.Supporting businesses and communities to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to flourish.Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1102267)
akt is the national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity, providing safe homes, support and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people. Almost one quarter of all young people facing or experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+, and 77 per cent of those cite rejection or abuse from their families as what has led them to being so. The charity operates in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol and operates an online service across the UK. In 30 years, akt has provided over 250,000 nights off the street and supported over 50,000 LGBTQ+ young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.akt is a registered charity in England and Wales (1093815)
The housing crisis is now an emergency with 320,000 people stuck in unfit temporary accommodation, rough sleeping or with nowhere else to go.Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. They campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help. They’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness alone.All money raised through your Sparks card is dedicated to answering calls to Shelter’s emergency helpline and last year your donations kept it open over winter. Shelter, registered charity in England and Wales (263710) and in Scotland (SC002327)
There are over a million older people in the UK who have no one to talk to, or any friends and family members to help with simple tasks such as changing a lightbulb. Being lonely and isolated robs people of their identity and ability to stay safe, healthy and independent. GoodGym connects people who want a reason to keep fit with older people who need their support. This is proven to improve wellbeing for all. The Good Gym Charity is a registered charity in England (1160988)
We work together with anyone affected by sight loss, to provide the skills and support they need. The services we provide are life-changing. We help people:Live actively. Our people and dogs can help people living with sight loss get out and about with confidence – knowing that their sight loss won’t hold them back. Live independently. The advice and skills we provide will give people the freedom to live life on their own terms, in their own way. Live well. Our experience and understanding can help people through the emotional challenges of sight loss as well as the practical ones.Guide Dogs is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (291646) and a charity registered in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SCO38979)
Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We help people fight poverty on three fronts – acting fast to save lives in emergencies, helping people find sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty, and doing all we can to influence the decisions of the powerful to root out the causes of poverty on a global scale. We’re working with local communities in more than 90 countries around the world, helping millions of people to change their lives every year. And we’ll never give up.Oxfam is a registered charity in England and Wales (202918) and Scotland (SC039042)
Half a million older people go five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone. Re-engage is committed to making lasting change for these older people by helping them to re-engage with their communities through regular face-to-face contact which gives them a lifeline of friendship. At Re-engage, we work within your local community to set up free regular social gatherings for small groups of people over 75, who are on their own and can’t get out and about without help. Re-engage is a registered charity in England and Wales (1146149) and in Scotland (SC039377). Company Number (07869142)
We’re Scope, the disability equality charity. We won’t stop until we achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness. At home. At school. At work. In our communities. We’re a strong community of disabled and non-disabled people. We provide practical and emotional information and support when it’s needed most. We use our collective power to change attitudes and end injustice. We campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society. And we won’t stop until we achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness.Scope is a registered charity (no. 208231)
The National Trust looks after nature, beauty and history for everyone to enjoy. We care for nearly 800 miles of coastline, woodlands, countryside and hundreds of historic buildings, gardens and precious collections that represent our nation’s heritage. But we face challenges every day in caring for these places. Nature is vanishing before our eyes and our historic environment is under threat. We rely on the support of our members, supporters, volunteers and visitors to stand up for and look after the places that matter, because they are the fabric of society and positively impact our wellbeing. Registered Charity 205846
Neighbourly is an award-winning giving platform that helps businesses make a positive impact in their communities by donating volunteer time, money and surplus, all in one place. It is home for over 11,000 local community charities. In response to the growing need in our communities due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Neighbourly and the M&S family have teamed up to launch a community support fund in the UK and Ireland to support good causes that are lending help to people suffering economically, socially or from ill health including elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.Neighbourly is a registered company (8293976)
The main aim of the National Emergencies Trust is to be trusted to work collaboratively to raise funds fairly and efficiently at a time of a large scale domestic disaster. They have launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Trust will work with local charities to ensure those most in need receive the support they need.National Emergencies Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1182809)
Refugee Council has been supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK since 1951. Over 60% of those we help are children. In fact we’re the only national charity here for every single refugee child who arrives in the country on their own. For men, women and children we’re here each step of the way - whether that’s therapy to help cope with trauma, advice and practical support for homelessness, employment training or help to integrate into new communities.Refugee Council is a registered charity. Charity no. 1014576 Company no. 2727514
The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community through thick and thin.For nearly 100 years, we have been fighting on behalf of our serving personnel, veterans and their families - providing practical, emotional and financial support to those desperately in need.We believe that no-one who has served to protect our freedom should be disadvantaged because of the sacrifices they have made. We will be here as long as we’re needed, providing lifelong support and a voice that is heard.The Royal British Legion is a registered charity (219279)
NHS Charities Together is the umbrella organisation for the NHS’ official charities, representing, supporting and championing them at a national level. The current NHS Charities National campaign is supporting our amazing NHS staff, volunteers, and carers who are working tirelessly to care for patients impacted by COVID-19 in their hour of greatest need. The donations will include funding emergency well-being packs and gifts for staff and volunteers on wards and departments, resources for vital rest and recuperation areas, and to enable patients to leave hospital more quickly and safely or stay out of hospital through supporting wider care partnerships. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. HELP THEM HELP US.NHS Charities Together (registered charity 1186569)
We’re Breast Cancer Now, the charity that’s steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future. We’re that trusted friend that you turn to for caring support when you need it most. The expert authority on research who is making breakthroughs and driving forward progress. And a vehicle for change, acting now to make sure anyone affected by breast cancer gets the best possible treatment and care. Breast Cancer Now, registered charity in England and Wales (1160558) and in Scotland (SC045584)
Macmillan Cancer support understand the many ways in which a cancer diagnosis can affect your life. They work to provide physical, financial and emotional support to help people diagnosed with cancer to live life as fully as they can. They take the time to understand you as a person, so that they can provide the support, tools and inspiration you need to find your best way through. Whatever cancer throws your way, Macmillan are right there with you.Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604)
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We train and equip volunteer lifeboat crews who are ready to launch to the rescue around the UK and Ireland. They give up their time to save people they have never met, day or night, 365 days a year. We also provide a lifeguard service that patrols more than 245 beaches every summer. Meanwhile our safety programmes prevent people from getting into danger in the first place. Sparks donations will help to give our lifesavers everything they need to keep people safe and prevent drowning tragedies for years to come.
Action Cancer is Northern Ireland’s leading, local cancer charity. We save lives and support local people through cancer awareness, prevention, detection and support. We are the only charity in the UK providing breast cancer screening. We screen 10,000 women every year, detecting cancers at an earlier and more treatable stage. We provide 7000 therapeutic sessions to local people each year, impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Marks and Spencer staff and customers have been alongside us for 10 years, raising over £1m to date. Our M&S partnership enables us to provide more services in more locations to more people. Thank you!
We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. We’re on your doorstep, on the end of a phone or online. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. And we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.Mind is a registered charity in England (no. 219830) and a registered company (no. 424348) in England and Wales.
Every three minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with dementia. Without support, it can pull a family apart. Dementia UK provides expert, compassionate support to help families live more positively with dementia. Their dementia nurses - called Admiral Nurses – support families when and where they need it most. They provide a lifeline for families struggling to cope with the hardship of dementia, especially at the toughest of times. They believe that every family who needs one should have access to a specialist dementia nurse and they are working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.Dementia UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1039404) and Scotland (SCO47429).A company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (02944156).
Prostate cancer kills one man every 45 minutes in the UK. That’s over 11,500 men every year. More men are dying of prostate cancer and the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer have dramatically increased in recent years. Prostate Cancer UK’s top priority is to stop the disease being a killer and damaging bodies and lives. They invest in lifesaving research, unite the brightest minds in science and healthcare and the most passionate and caring people to help men live long and live well. Men, we are with you.Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company number 02653887.
Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby, works to improve bereavement care and funds research to save babies’ livesCharity registration number 299679. Company Limited by Guarantee Number 2212082. Scottish Charity Registration Number SC042789
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) funds research into heart and circulatory conditions – including heart disease, stroke, and vascular dementia – finding vital cures and breakthroughs. We invest in life-saving survival programmes, such as CPR training, giving people the skill to save a life.Every hour of research you’ve helped fund; every item you’ve bought; every fundraiser you’ve took part in; all the support you’ve ever given – your donations keep hearts beating, and families together – our mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends.If we don’t invest in research today, we can’t save lives tomorrow. We urgently need your support.British Heart Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (registered charity number: 225971) and Scotland (registered charity number: SC39426)
When a child’s life is expected to be short, there’s no time to waste. Together for Short Lives is here to help seriously ill children and their families make the most of every moment they have together, whether that’s for years, months or only hours. We raise vital funds for children’s hospices across the UK, so they can provide lifeline care to children and families facing the toughest time of their lives. Together, we can make a difference for these families in your local community by giving them the chance to enjoy precious time together, make memories they will treasure forever and provide vital support when the unimaginable happens.
Unicef is the leading organisation working for children. We ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We’ve done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our childrenUnicef UK, registered charity in England and Wales (1072612) and in Scotland (SC043677)
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) aims to build a better future for the more than 600 seriously ill children who arrive at Great Ormond Street Hospital every day from across the UK. GOSH Charity aims to fundraise millions each year, which it commits towards areas that will have the maximum impact for the children, their families and hospital staff. Without your support we can’t help fund groundbreaking research, advanced medical equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and medical facilities.Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, registered charity no. 235825.
The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. The Trust’s programmes give young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over 950,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day. The Prince's Trust - registered charity: England and Wales 1079675 and Scotland SC041198
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties. We’re there for parents when they have nowhere else to turn. We empower professionals on the front line of the crisis. We give children and young people a stronger voice in their future. And their experiences, which we hear every single day, drive us to change things for the better. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health. Join our fight.YoungMinds is a registered charity in England (1016968) & Scotland (SC039700)
Cool Earth works alongside rainforest communities globally to halt deforestation and its impact on climate change. Sharing the most effective conservation methods around the world and investing in the best outcomes for people and the rainforest, in-country teams work directly with communities and local NGOs to increase their impact. Cool Earth's partnerships are community-led and adaptable to each location.Support Cool Earth and take the smartest climate action there is. Cool Earth is a registered charity (1117978)
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading marine charity. It works to ensure that UK waters are properly protected for wildlife and raises awareness of the ocean’s importance through scientific evidence. It campaigns for clean seas, promoting individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. Its annual Great British Beach Clean has led to behaviour changes on single-use plastic and other marine litter issues. Its Good Fish Guide has increased awareness of the need to eat fish only from sustainable sources. Its projects and surveys involve thousands of volunteers annuallyMCS, registered charity in England and Wales (1004005) and in Scotland (SC037480)
The RSPB works for a world richer in nature. We protect our shared home at land and sea, save wild birds from extinction and educate and inspire people to get closer to nature. While birds are our focus we work to save all nature. With the world in crisis, we're facing our biggest challenge yet. But we're all part of nature and nature is the best defence we have - supporting human wellbeing and providing sustainable, natural solutions to the climate emergency. Together we can give nature a home - and save our own.RSPB is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 207076 and in Scotland, number SC037654.
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity and has been caring for sick and injured pets in need since 1917. The veterinary teams in our 48 Pet Hospitals care for 470,000 vulnerable pets every year by:Preventing illness, suffering and unnecessary death.Educating owners about their pets’ welfare needs and value in society.Treating the pets of those who can’t afford veterinary care.Supporting people and their pets as a family, protecting the bond between them.The charity receives no Government funding and relies entirely on public donations to fund our vital service, which costs over £60 million a year.PDSA is a registered charity in England (208217) and Scotland (SC037585)
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. Our vision is to see a country rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. To achieve this we have planted millions of trees and protect and restore precious ancient woodland across the UK. The trees and woods we care for provide havens for wildlife, help to fight climate change and give people access to places they can visit and enjoy.The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 294344) and in Scotland (No. SC038885).
We’re fighting for your world. Our forests are burning, the icecaps are melting and wildlife is being wiped out around the world. Nature, which provides our life-support system, is under threat like never before.At WWF, we’re determined to restore thriving habitats and species. To do that, we’re tackling the main causes of nature’s decline – particularly the climate emergency and the deforestation caused by the food we eat.We can’t do it alone – we need everyone to be part of the solution. Sparks members are part of the growing global movement of supporters who are helping us restore nature and improve the state of our planet for future generations. WWF, registered charity in England and Wales (1081247) and in Scotland (SC039593)