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Tesco colleagues across the UK to host ‘Festive Bash’ for the National Charity Partnership

This weekend, Tesco colleagues will be holding their final fundraising event for the National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation - a Christmas party-themed weekend fundraiser.

From 8th-10th December 2017, the nationwide ‘Festive Bash’ will see more than 300,000 Tesco colleagues get involved to fundraise for the partnership and help improve the health of the nation. Over the three days, colleagues will don reindeer antlers and Santa suits, and host some great in-store activities including carolling and decoration making. 

The weekend’s festivities mark the final major Tesco fundraiser for the National Charity Partnership, which formally comes to an end in January 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the National Charity Partnership, Bianca O’ Donnell, Head of Fundraising said: “Christmas is always a busy time for everyone, so we’re really excited to see the creative and fun ways colleagues will go the extra mile to put on a Festive Bash, and raise money for the National Charity Partnership. We really appreciate the time and commitment Tesco colleagues give to help our cause.”

The ‘Festive Bash’ is Tesco’s fourteenth fundraising weekend since the National Charity Partnership launched in January 2015. Since then, Tesco colleagues and customers have helped to raise more than £23 million for the partnership, with an estimated £15 million coming from store fundraising alone.

About the National Charity Partnership

  • Diabetes UK the British Heart Foundation and Tesco are working together to help change the nation’s health for the better.
  • In the UK today, around 4.2 million people are living with Type 2 diabetes, with a further 11.9 million at increased risk of the condition. In addition to sight loss and nerve damage, diabetes can increase the risk of heart and circulatory disease. There are an estimated 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK today, with many more at serious risk.
  • The partnership is helping people to reduce their risk of developing heart and circulatory disease and Type 2 diabetes, both of which are largely preventable.
  • The partnership has raised more than £23m so far, mainly through the fundraising efforts of Tesco colleagues and customers. It is spending half of this money directly on projects to help prevent Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease, and the remaining funds are being split equally between Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
  • By supporting people across the UK to reduce their risk of developing either condition, this will give them a greater chance of a healthier and longer life.