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Seven million reasons why Tesco colleagues are leading the way in fundraising

A number of Tesco colleagues, have received an award at a recent black tie event, in recognition for their commitment to fundraising for the National Charity Partnership. The first annual National Charity Partnership Charity Awards were held on 28 January at The Grange, Tower Bridge in London and celebrated some of the most outstanding fundraising achievements by Tesco colleagues in 2015. Tesco colleagues have committed to raising £30 million in three years and have so far raised £7.2 million for the National Charity Partnership between Diabetes UK, the BHF and Tesco, which launched in January 2015. 

The event saw over 200 colleagues from across the UK gather to celebrate the National Charity Partnership fundraising champions of 2015. Screen actor Pavel Douglas compered and representatives from all three partner organisations presented the awards. The evening’s entertainment came from the band Atlas, who were also in contention for an accolade on the night after they released a music CD in early 2015 to raise funds for the Partnership. Band members consists entirely of Tesco colleagues, led by Bryan Garner Phone and Tech manager at Tesco Mansfield, Chesterfield. The 15 awards recognised colleagues based at Tesco stores, Distribution Centres and Head Offices. 

The National Charity Partnership is investing half of the money raised by Tesco colleagues in prevention projects across the UK to help the millions of people who are at risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease to eat healthier, be more active and reduce their risk of both conditions. This includes projects and events across 15 areas of the UK which the Partnership has identified as having a high prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, high mortality rates from heart disease, high levels of obesity and low levels of physical activity rates. This work in the community is being supported by the Let’s Do This website, which is designed to encourage people right across the country to set healthy goals, stay on track and find out how they can make small changes which will have a huge impact on their health. The remaining £15 million will be split between the two charities. 

In 2016, free, fun events and programmes will be delivered in nine areas across the UK, to inspire people to eat better and be more active. The campaign will also work in a further six areas to support the delivery of free food-based workshops, to motivate and inspire families to change their eating habits for the better during school holidays, and Beat the Street. Launched in East London in September 2015, Beat the Street is a free real-life walking and cycling game to get kids – and their families – moving. Over 100,000 miles were walked during this seven week programme. In 2016, Beat the Street is set to inspire over 200,000 people to get active. 

Hannah Chauhan, Head of Fundraising for the National Charity Partnership, explains; “There are currently around 3.65 million people in the UK living with Type 2 diabetes and around seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease. A healthy lifestyle can reduce people’s risk of these conditions. 

“Throughout 2015 Tesco colleagues in the UK have dedicated so much of their time and effort to fundraising for the National Charity Partnership and it’s thanks to them that we are able to deliver projects to help so many people reduce their risk of both conditions. I’m so proud and inspired by the effort colleagues have made and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2016. ”

To find out how the National Charity Partnership can help you to set a goal and stay on track, log on to For the full list of award winners from the National Charity Partnership Awards visit 

National Charity Partnership Fundraising Awards winners 2016:

Fundraising team (Group of stores)
Tesco Extra and Superstores in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria

Fundraising team (Individual store)
Tesco Dumfries Extra

Fundraising Event (Group of stores)
Tesco Express and Metro stores in London

Individual Fundraiser (Store colleague)
Ceri Randall, Community Champion, Merthyr Tydfil

Supportive Leader (store colleagues)
North East of England Tesco stores management team 

Community Event
Tesco Lisburn – Wheels4Kris

Fundraising team (Head office colleagues)
Space, Range and Display team 

Fundraising Event (Head office colleagues)
Tesco Online Team – Tesco Does Strictly 

Individual Fundraiser (Head office colleagues)
Suzie McFarlane, Technology Manager

Fundraising Team (Distribution centre colleagues)
Simon Shenton and Karl Headley, night shift workers, Daventry Distribution Centre

Fundraising Event (Distribution centre colleagues)
Jay Sing and team, Chester Primary and Secondary Distribution Centre – Chester Races event

Fundraising Individual (Distribution centre colleagues)
Billy Currie, Campus Engineering Manager, Daventry Distribution Centre

National Charity Partnership Ambassador
Graham Wood, Training Manager, Hinckley Distribution Centre

Charity Champion
Carl Bevan, Group Procurement Category Buying Manager

Special Achievement
Dundee Customer Service Centre