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Tesco colleagues sport unbelievable fundraising skills

Tesco colleagues have held a football inspired fundraiser this month and in doing so have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the National Charity Partnership. Titled ‘Tesco 2016’, the nationwide fundraiser saw more than 300,000 colleagues from stores, Distribution Centres and head offices put their own spin on a major football event to help improve the health of the nation.

Since the National Charity Partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco launched in January last year, Tesco stores have taken part in seven fundraisers of this scale and have hosted two additional volunteer-led bucket collections.

Hannah Chauhan, Head of Fundraising for the National Charity Partnership, explains; “There are currently 3.6 million people in the UK living with Type 2 diabetes and around 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease. Through colleague fundraising, the National Charity Partnership is able to deliver projects that are designed to help people to improve their lifestyle and ultimately reduce their risk of both conditions.”

“Tesco colleagues throughout the UK have been more than happy to have a football frenzy in the name of fundraising this month. They really showed their stripes and I’m grateful to them, and also Tesco customers, for their support in making Tesco 2016 a game changer for our fundraising this year!”

Tesco has committed to raising £30 million in three years for the Partnership, which formed in January 2015. 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 3.6 million people in the UK are currently living with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7 million people are living with heart and circulatory disease, with millions more at risk.

To tackle two of the nation’s biggest health problems, half of the money raised by Tesco colleagues will fund joint projects by all three partners such as Let’s Do This, which is designed to inspire millions of people to set achievable lifestyle goals to boost their health and wellbeing. The remainder of the money is being split between the two charities to fund their vital and ongoing work.

Through Let’s Do This, the National Charity Partnership will run free, fun events and programmes in nine areas across the UK throughout 2016 to inspire people to be active and eat well. Additionally, the Partnership will work in a further six areas to support the delivery of holiday lunch clubs and Beat the Street.