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70 miles, seven hours, one mission

Tesco fundraisers join together with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to save lives

Rock the shopA group of Tesco colleagues in Lancashire travelled 70 miles in seven hours on Saturday 15 August to help eight Tesco stores raise almost £3,000 for the National Charity Partnership between Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The money raised will help to fund projects across the UK, which will encourage millions of people to reduce their risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes by leading a healthier lifestyle. 

Tesco stores nationwide participated in Rock the Shop over the weekend, a rock music themed fundraiser. Lancashire colleagues went one step further and incorporated a tour of some of their participating stores into their activities. The Rockathon colleagues stopped off at the Burnley, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Haslingden, Blackburn, Great harwood, Clitheroe and Padiham Tesco stores. The group spent around 15 minutes at each Rock the Shop event, dressed head-to-toe in rock star fancy dress. To get people in the mood for fundraising the group sang, danced and even gathered customers together for an air guitar performance.

Natalie Bunyan, Tesco Charity Partnership Fundraising Manager for North West, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who supported Tesco Colleagues in Lancashire. The Rockathon group did a fantastic job of inspiring fundraisers and colleagues across the region really got in the spirit of the occasion. 

“Heart disease and Type 2 diabetes are both serious conditions that can shorten lives. The money raised by taking on this challenge will help us to provide projects across the UK that will help people to live healthier lifestyles and help to prevent these conditions.  By supporting us you have all played a part in helping people live longer, healthier lives.” 

The three year partnership between Tesco, Diabetes UK and the BHF aims to raise millions of pounds to help save lives through helping millions of people to eat better and get active, reducing their risk of serious ill-health in the future, as well as helping to fund the vital work of the BHF and Diabetes UK across the UK.