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The Great Tesco Walk raises more than £1 MILLON in aid of Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation

Tesco’s most ambitious fundraising event has raised more than £1 million for its National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Throughout September, around 4,000 Tesco colleagues walked a total of 2,400km from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for our partnership.

As well as the walk itself, many more Tesco colleagues walked ‘miles in the aisles’ during a special fundraising weekend and customers were also able to donate by rounding up their shopping bill to the nearest 10p at checkout.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Huge congratulations to all Tesco colleagues for completing their epic challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money for our partnership. Type 2 diabetes is a serious and potentially devastating condition; it can double your risk of heart and circulatory disease and lead to other complications such as sight loss and nerve damage, but the majority of cases are preventable. Thanks to Tesco’s support and fundraising, our National Charity Partnership is able to continue its vital work in preventing as many future cases of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease as possible – two of the biggest health threats in the UK today.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “People living with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke and this figure is set to increase as the population ages and levels of obesity rise. There is an urgent need for more research to better understand, treat and prevent heart disease, and money raised through our National Charity Partnership will help us deliver those breakthroughs. At the same time, we are providing practical support to help families reduce their risk of developing these conditions. We simply could not do this without the commitment of every single Tesco colleague and are immensely grateful for their support.”

This phenomenal fundraising achievement combined with all other regular fundraising activities means the National Charity Partnership raised £1.4 million in September. This takes the partnership’s fundraising total to around £23 million.

These funds are helping the National Charity Partnership to support people across the UK to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. These are serious conditions that are potentially life threatening, but are largely preventable. It is also enabling Diabetes UK and the BHF to continue funding its vital and ongoing work.

So far, the National Charity Partnership has reached more than 17 million people with its healthy lifestyle messages, helped around one million people get more active and supported thousands of families to enjoy nutritious meals made from scratch.

By supporting people across the UK to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease in this way, it will give them a greater chance of a healthier and longer life.