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Marks and Spencer helps families supported by UK children’s hospices to live, laugh and love this Christmas

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Marks and Spencer is raising smiles and much needed funds for seriously ill children this Christmas, as part of a special partnership between M&S Food and Together for Short Lives.

M&S has teamed up with 12 of the UK’s BEST loved comedians to create the funniest crackers you’ll pull this Christmas – ‘The World’s Funniest Crackers’ at £15 for 12.

Working alongside Together for Short Lives, the sale of these crackers will help M&S donate £100,000 to support the amazing 54 children’s hospices in the UK. The proceeds from these crackers will help families live, laugh and love for every moment they have together.

The 12 cracking celebrities include some of the UK’s best loved comedians, from Dawn French, Paddy McGuinness and David Walliams, to Keith Lemon and Omid Djalili – all of whom have donated one of their funniest of jokes.

Plus M&S and Together for Short Lives are calling on you to be the funniest comedian of them all, taking inspiration from ‘The World’s Funniest Crackers’ and raising vital funds for families:

Post your own cracker of a joke on social media using #GiveLaughLove and bring a smile to a family’s face by texting LAUGH 5 or the amount of your choice to 70470. Don’t forget to nominate your friends to do the same! Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

There’s plenty of other ways to support your local children’s hospice at your local M&S Food too:

  • M&S’ charity Christmas cards are raising money for Together for Short Lives and children’s hospices across the UK this year.
  • A portion of M&S’ festive food on the go will support seriously ill children. Enjoy a taste of Christmas, wherever you are, with this year’s must-try festive sarnies, knowing that while it tastes good, you’re doing good.
  • You can also nominate Together for Short Lives as your chosen Sparks card charity. Every time you shop, M&S will donate 1p to support UK children’s hospices.


2020 has been a year like no other – and for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition those underlying feelings of fear and isolation that we’ve all experienced have really been amplified. They’re fighting to keep their child protected and safe and they simply can’t do it alone.

Andy Fletcher, CEO, Together for Short Lives

Andy Fletcher added “That’s why children’s hospices are such a lifeline. Up and down the country they have been going above and beyond to care for these seriously ill children and help make memories to treasure for years to come.

We are so grateful to Marks and Spencer and their loyal customer base for all the amazing ways they are helping children’s hospices this Christmas. Whether you’re grabbing a festive bite to eat, sending Christmas wishes to family and friends with M&S’ charity cards or pulling one of ‘The World’s Funniest Crackers’ over the dinner table – please know that you are helping thousands of families, who rely on their local children’s hospice, to live, laugh and love at Christmas time and beyond.”


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