Tesco staff cross the finish line after charity walk challenge
SCORES of charity walkers completed a gruelling challenge in aid of people battling heart disease and diabetes.
Having set off from Cardiff, they crossed the finish line in Bridgend later that day to cheers from colleagues at Tesco Extra.
Thousands of Tesco staff from across the UK have been walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of Tesco’s National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
In Wales, workers have been playing their part, walking from Magor to Bridgend over two days.
The walk was inspired by a similar walk almost 30 years ago, when six Tesco colleagues walked the length of the UK to raise funds for charity.
As the retailer’s charity partnership with Diabetes UK and the BHF approaches three years the walk aims to raise awareness of heart disease and diabetes and to add to the £21m that has already been raised for the partnership to date.
The fundraising colleagues were welcomed at the Bridgend Extra store by the deputy mayor of Bridgend, Councillor John McCarthy, who also presented medals.
South Wales store director Mike Casey joined colleagues on the final leg of the walk and said: “It was great to see so many colleagues taking part, and the atmosphere on the walk was brilliant.
“It’s incredibly important we do all we can to help our colleagues and customers live healthier lives and I am delighted that so many colleagues from stores across Wales have been able to play their part in highlighting the work of the National Charity Partnership and raising money for the two great charities involved.”
In Wales, an estimated 375,000 people have heart and circulatory disease and around 223,000 people live with diabetes, of which about 90% will have Type 2 diabetes.
Adam Fletcher, head of BHF Cymru, also joined walkers on the final leg.
He said: “Heart and circulatory disease kills one person every three minutes in the UK, so improving the nation’s heart health is absolutely critical.
“Tesco colleagues have fundraised tirelessly across South Wales to support our National Charity Partnership, helping us inspire millions to live a healthier lifestyle. It was a privilege to join them today and to walk alongside them on the final Welsh leg of the Great Tesco Walk.”
To boost fundraising for The Great Tesco Walk even further, Tesco is offering customers the opportunity to round up their bill to the nearest 10p, giving up their spare change to support the health charities.
Tesco colleagues walked from Magor to Bridgend over two days as part of the store’s Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraiser