Tesco staff ’s long walk for char­ity

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THOU­SANDS OF Tesco col­leagues have walked in re­lay from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Di­a­betes UK and the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

The North­ern part of the walk took col­leagues through Sh­effield, Barns­ley, Pon­te­fract, Leeds, Tad­caster, York, Thirsk and Northaller­ton, vis­it­ing more than a dozen Tesco York­shire stores along the way.

The month long event was put to­gether to raise funds for Tesco’s Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship with Di­a­betes UK (DUK) and the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF).

The route was unique to Tesco and specif­i­cally de­signed to take in as many stores and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres as pos­si­ble. It passed 150 stores along the way.

More than 4,000 Tesco col­leagues from stores, of­fices and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres across the UK all took part, with the route bro­ken down into 51 legs of 5km, 10km, 25km and 50km.

Sep­a­rate walks also took place in Wales and North­ern Ire­land. Over­all the walk is ex­pected to have raised more than £1m.

As well as Tesco col­leagues from all parts of the busi­ness, Olympic gold medal­list Greg Rutherford joined walk­ers for their head of­fice leg, along­side Tesco UK CEO Matt Davies.

Mr Davies said: “I couldn’t be more proud of col­leagues from across the UK who have joined this fan­tas­tic event and raised im­por­tant funds for our Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship. I have loved join­ing col­leagues at a num­ber of walks and hear­ing the sto­ries of oth­ers as the walk has made its way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

“Over the last few years we’ve man­aged to raise an in­cred­i­ble £21m for our Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship and this event has again demon­strated our com­mit­ment and the won­der­ful spirit of Tesco col­leagues in go­ing the ex­tra mile for th­ese fan­tas­tic causes.”

Chris Askew, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Di­a­betes UK, said: “Huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all Tesco col­leagues for com­plet­ing their epic chal­lenge and rais­ing such an in­cred­i­ble amount of money for our part­ner­ship.

“Type 2 di­a­betes is a se­ri­ous and po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tion; it can dou­ble your risk of heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease and lead to other com­pli­ca­tions such as sight loss and nerve dam­age, but the ma­jor­ity of cases are pre­ventable.

“Thanks to Tesco’s sup­port and fundrais­ing, our Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship is able to con­tinue its vi­tal work in pre­vent­ing as many fu­ture cases of Type 2 di­a­betes and heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease as pos­si­ble – two of the big­gest health threats in the UK to­day.”

Si­mon Gille­spie, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, said: “Peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes are two to three times more likely to suf­fer a heart at­tack or stroke and this fig­ure is set to in­crease as the pop­u­la­tion ages and lev­els of obe­sity rise.

“There is an ur­gent need for more re­search to bet­ter un­der­stand, treat and pre­vent heart dis­ease, and money raised through our Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship will help us de­liver those break­throughs.

“At the same time, we are pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal sup­port to help fam­i­lies re­duce their risk of de­vel­op­ing th­ese con­di­tions.

“We sim­ply could not do this with­out the com­mit­ment of ev­ery sin­gle Tesco col­league and are im­mensely grate­ful for their sup­port.”

Money raised for Tesco’s Na­tional Char­ity Part­ner­ship is help­ing to fund the vi­tal and on­go­ing work of Di­a­betes UK and the BHF.

It is also fund­ing a se­ries of on­line and com­mu­nity-based ini­tia­tives to help peo­ple make small, pos­i­tive changes to their life­style to boost their health and re­duce their risk of Type 2 di­a­betes and heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease.

So far, the part­ner­ship has reached more than 17 mil­lion peo­ple with its healthy life­style mes­sages, helped around one mil­lion peo­ple get more ac­tive and sup­ported thou­sands of fam­i­lies to en­joy nu­tri­tious meals made from scratch.


The Olympic long jumper joined the Tesco chal­lenge.

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