The convenience store sector has joined forces to celebrate Raj Aggarwal a year on from his passing.
Raj, who owned Spar stores in Wigston and Hackenthorpe, died after contracting Covid-19 in April 2020. One of his final social media posts was a picture of him donating food to NHS workers at his local hospital.
Raj’s family, led by Sunita, have set out the goal of raising £100,000 for Leicester Hospitals Charity and Sheffield Hospitals Charity. The initiative, #DoAsRajWouldDo, ran from 19-26 April and galvanised the entire sector.
The appeal has already raised more than £24,000 as well as donations from suppliers and retailers.
Retailers from around the UK took to social media to highlight #DoAsRajWouldDo.
All week we’re celebrating the much-loved late retailer Raj Aggarwal with our #SPARdoasRAJwoulddo campaign. If you’re a retailer, please join in by donating to your community and using the hashtag. Read more: https://t.co/s8pHIWINDu #community #givingback #doasRAJwoulddo pic.twitter.com/YIIVjb8Omd— A.F. Blakemore & Son (@AF_Blakemore) April 19, 2021
Suppliers have also supported the initiative by donating product.
RETAILERS: Send us a photo of your Boost stock!— Boost Drinks Trade (@BoostDrinksNews) April 22, 2021
For every photo/tweet we receive showing Boost, we'll add an EXTRA £10 to our donation!
We're delighted to be supporting #doasRajwoulddo in memory of Raj Aggarwal. You too can donate and find out more here:https://t.co/FwckVEm9IJ pic.twitter.com/y2X3bCMtZA
This week we have donated personal care and household products locally in memory of SPAR owner Raj Aggarwal who sadly passed away from Covid-19 last year.— DCS Group UK (@dcsgroupuk) April 22, 2021
We are proud to have donated 53 pallets to charity since the start of the pandemic #doasRAJwoulddo pic.twitter.com/shfRxnqWMG