Tesco staff cross the fin­ish line after char­ity walk chal­lenge

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

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.

PETER BOLTER

Tesco col­leagues walked from Magor to Brid­gend over two days as part of the store’s Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraiser

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