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Tesco colleagues Rock the Shop in our latest fundraiser

Tesco colleagues held a music festival themed fundraiser last weekend and have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the National Charity Partnership. The national fundraiser titled ‘Rock the Shop’, saw colleagues 300,000 Tesco colleagues celebrating their favourite music and dance for the National Charity Partnership by holding events such as flash mobs, lip sync battles and fancy dress competitions.

Tesco colleagues have so far raised £12.6 million for the partnership since its launch in January 2015, with £8.9 million generated through store fundraising alone. This latest fundraiser will edge the partnership significantly closer to its overall fundraising target of £30 million in three years.

Through the partnership, Tesco is working with Diabetes UK and the BHF to tackle two of the UK’s biggest health issues – Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. Type 2 diabetes can double a person’s risk of developing heart and circulatory disease and both conditions can lead to other health problems, but they are largely preventable. Around 4.2 million people in the UK are currently living with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease, with millions more at risk.

Hannah Chauhan, Head of Fundraising for the National Charity Partnership explains: “Through colleague fundraising, the National Charity Partnership is able to deliver projects across the UK that are designed to help people to improve their lifestyle and ultimately reduce their risk of both conditions.”

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, explains; “Colleagues and customers at Tesco really got behind the Rock the Shop theme over the weekend and to me that makes them all fundraising champions. I’d like to extend a personal thanks to Tesco colleagues and customers across for bringing to life the spirit of music festivals in the name of charity. Together with Diabetes UK and the BHF the money you are raising is helping to save lives!”

Half of the money raised by Tesco colleagues will be split between the two charities to fund their vital and ongoing work. The remainder will fund joint projects by all three partners, which aim to help people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.

In January this year, the National Charity Partnership launched Let’s Do This, an initiative to encourage people to change their lifestyle by setting their own health goals and providing access to motivational tips and healthy recipes.

The partnership is also working in nine areas across the UK to create events that, alongside signposting people to use the Let’s Do This website and online goal setter, will inspire more than 500,000 individuals to eat better and be more active. Beat the Street – a seven-week walking challenge – and holiday lunch clubs for families will be delivered in a further six areas, to support over 200,000 people to move more and eat a healthier diet.