10 million reasons why Tesco is leading the way in corporate fundraising

18 May 2016        

Volunteers collecting for the Big Collection

Together with Diabetes UK and Tesco, we are pleased to announced that Tesco colleagues and customers have now raised £10million for our three-year National Charity Partnership. Money raised will support millions of people to eat better and get active, as well as funding both ours and Diabetes UK's ongoing research.

There have been various ways in which the 300,000 Tesco colleagues from all of its UK stores, distribution centres and head office sites raised funds for the National Charity Partnership in the last 16 months. 

Team effort

Store colleague fundraising has included their support during flagship events for the Partnership, such as On Your March, Beach Bonanza, Rock the Shop, two 30 minute challenges, Every Little Elf and Superheroes weekend. Around 4,000 Diabetes UK and BHF volunteers nationwide also helped to lead on two successful bucket collections at Tesco stores in February and June last year, raising £378,000 for the Partnership. 

At head offices, activities like the Technology Marathon, Dundee Ball and Tesco Does Strictly proved very popular and were amongst the highest grossing fundraisers of that period. Colleagues at Distribution Centres put Distribution Centres’ Got Talent, Winter Wonderland and the first Distribution Centre flagship fundraiser of this Partnership, Row48, at the core of their efforts.

Hannah Chauhan, Head of Fundraising for the National Charity Partnership, explains: "The commitment shown by Tesco colleagues nationwide to involve their customers and fundraise for this cause is truly inspiring. Type 2 diabetes can double a person’s risk of heart and circulatory disease and the number of people in the UK currently at increased risk of developing both is in the millions. Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are working together with Tesco to help make a different and help millions of people to reduce their risk of both."

Funding projects

Money donated to us from the National Charity Partnership will be invested in various initiatives, including Professor Mark Hanson’s research, which focuses on how the environment in which we develop in our mother’s womb influences our risk of conditions in later life, including heart and circulatory disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Amongst other things, Diabetes UK will continue funding for its Helpline – a dedicated service for all people with diabetes, their friends, family, carers and healthcare professionals – and pay for information packs for parents of children newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, to improve support in school for their children. 

National Charity Partnership 

Launched in January 2015, the three year Partnership between us, Tesco and Diabetes UK, aims to raise £30million. Half the money raised will fund the vital and ongoing work of both charities. The remainder will fund joint projects by all three partners, like the Let’s Do This campaign, to help reduce millions of people's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. 

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