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Retail manager scoops cash prize in competition

A Glossop resident has taken home £10,000 after being named the top prize-winner in a supermarket competition.

Tom Croft won the prize from SPAR’s Make it Your Summer give-away.

He said receiving the winning call was a ‘complete surprise’ after a chance entry to the prize give-away during a late night trip to his local Euro Garage SPAR for some essentials.

The 31-year-old retail manager was chosen at random as the grand prize winner from almost 37,000 entrants.

He celebrated the news by treating himself to trip to the cinema, and says he will split the money between items for his home, a holiday for him and his partner, and a large donation to the Glossopdale Food Bank.

Tom said: “My partner took the call to tell me I had won, and I had to ring back because we were both confused and thought it couldn’t possibly be me.

“I’ve never won anything this big before – it was a complete surprise to receive the call.

“I’m going to spend some of it on some household items as we’re hosting the family this Christmas for the first time after Covid which will be great. Some of it will also go on holiday after one that we had planned had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

“I also really want to do a big basket shop for the food bank in Glossop. It’s nice I am in a position to be able to do this. It could be a neighbour who is relying on it so it is good to look out for one another.”

The six week Make It Your Summer prize give-away was run by James Hall and Co Ltd, the primary wholesaler and distributor for SPAR in the north of England, in the 600 stores it services on behalf of SPAR.

Tom added: “I remember having gone into the SPAR for a few things after I had finished my late shift at work. I go into the SPAR quite regularly as it is useful for convenience items, and all of the staff are lovely.”

Tom Murphy, Marketing Manager for James Hall and Co Ltd, said: “Our Make It Your Summer campaign was a chance to reward our SPAR customers across the north of England and I’m delighted Tom is our grand prize- winner.

“It is fantastic that Tom has decided to give something back to his own community in Glossop from the prize money, and we hope he enjoys a few treats from the prize fund himself.”

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