Tesco colleagues celebrated for going ‘above and beyond’ to raise money for the National Charity Partnership
Tesco colleagues across the UK have been honoured for playing their part in raising £17 million for charity in just over two years.
A black tie event in London on Thursday 23 March 2017 celebrated the outstanding fundraising achievements of Tesco colleagues for the organisation’s National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. Launched in January 2015, this three-year partnership aims to raise £30 million with the money funding initiatives to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease and supporting the wider work of both charities.
The National Charity Partnership Awards evening recognised Tesco colleagues based at Tesco stores, Distribution Centres and Head Offices. Finalists for the 16 award categories were shortlisted from more than 400 nominations and the gongs were presented by senior representatives from Diabetes UK, the BHF, Tesco and the National Charity Partnership team.
Jenna Hall, Programme Director for the National Charity Partnership, said: “Between January 2015 and February 2017, Tesco colleagues and customers have helped raise an astonishing £17 million for their National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. This money is being invested to change the health of the nation, with a focus on reducing people’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
“To celebrate the £17 million raised to date, and to look ahead to the final year of the Partnership, I had the privilege of being asked to attend, and contribute to, the second National Charity Partnership Awards.
“It was a brilliant evening full of celebration, recognition and reward. The main purpose was to say thank you to those Tesco colleagues who, over the past year, have gone above and beyond in their fundraising, either through raising astonishing amounts of money, or through sheer determination and endeavour. The key message behind all that we do is that every single penny raised, or every single person who becomes more aware of their own risk of being diagnosed with either condition, makes a real difference in our collective fight against diabetes and heart disease.
“Over the course of the evening we heard moving and motivating stories from every area of the Tesco business, including the winner of the Most Supportive Leader Award, Nicky Perry, who has motivated colleagues at all levels to raise over £400,000 for the partnership. We also heard about the Tesco Mobile Team, winners of the Group Fundraising Team of the Year Award, who cycled a mammoth 17,309 km – nearly five Tour de Frances back-to-back – and raised £23,900 along the way. There was also an Award for Individual Store Fundraiser of the Year, which was won by Lee Clark whose excitement was clear and, in his acceptance speech, dedicated his Award to the customers in his store, without whom he would not have been able to make such a valuable contribution to the Partnership.
“Of the teams and individuals who were shortlisted, some had very personal, and highly emotional stories and a real connection to the cause, others had been inspired to take on a challenge or push themselves to the limits such as the Great Wall of China trekkers who won the Thrill Seeker Award.
“The highlight of the evening for me was the incredibly touching story of Alistair Brown who lost his life at the age of 44 following a heart attack. Alistair’s colleagues walked Hadrian’s Wall in honour of Alistair and his family and were the worthy recipients of our Special Achievement Award. I am delighted to say, Paula, Alistair’s wife, was also able to join us for the evening.
“The energy was palpable and we ended the evening absolutely certain that the year ahead will provide ample opportunity to build upon our already brilliant results.”
Money raised by Tesco colleagues has so far helped the National Charity Partnership to:
- Launch an innovative prevention campaign, Let’s Do This, that reached 17.5million people in its first year.
- Develop online and local community prevention programmes that have engaged more than 400,000 people.
- Build longer term support programmes that are demonstrating significant behaviour change in six areas of the UK.
- Fund four pieces of research into the prevention of heart disease, pilot support for children living with Type 1 diabetes and much more besides.
Ms. Hall added: “Over the coming year we intend to build on this success, raise even more and support more and more people to benefit from our work to help prevent them becoming at greater risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”
National Charity Partnership Fundraising Awards winners 2017:
- Fundraising Team of the Year – Head Offices: Strategy and Operations Fundraising Committee
- Fundraising Team of the Year – Stores Award: Newcastle Extra
- Thrill Seeker Award: Great Wall of China trekkers
- Most Supportive Leader: Nicky Perry
- Individual Fundraiser of the Year – Store: Lee Clark
- Individual Fundraiser of the Year Award – Distribution Centre: Samantha Lynch
- Tesco National Charity Partnership Ambassador: Fraser Wenseth
- Fundraising Team of the Year – Group: Tesco Mobile Team
- Fundraising Event of the Year, Stores: Charity Bear - Central Group
- Fundraising Team of the Year, Distribution Centres: Simone Howe and Linda Clamp
- Champion of the Year: Karen Linley
- Fundraising Event of the Year Award: Magor DC Undy Fundy
- Individual Fundraiser of the Year Award, Head Office: Paul Wilson
- Best Community Involvement Event: London Bridges and Kick to Help – Olly Hill and Richard Frear
- Fundraising Event of the year, Head Office: Rudolph Reindeer Food - Ashley Marks
- Special Achievement Award: Tesco Large Format North – Hadrian’s Walk the Wall colleagues