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Twickers hosts Tesco charity gala to help save lives

Tesco colleagues from the Twickenham store have held a gala ball at Twickenham Stadium to raise funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation

Colleagues from Tesco in Twickenham held a glamorous gala ball on Saturday 5 March at Twickenham Stadium to raise funds for the National Charity Partnership between Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Raising over £33,500 at this event alone, they have been hailed real-life fundraising superheroes for helping to save lives. 

Organised by Tesco Twickenham colleagues Adrian Lane and Bev Rea, the event welcomed around 1,000 Tesco colleagues and their guests, from 30 Tesco stores in the South East. The evening began with a champagne reception, before a four course dinner was served. On the nigh a raffle and auction was held and guest were treated to a talk from Victoria Simkins, Regional Fundraising Account Manager for the National Charity Partnership in South East England, who spoke about living with a heart condition. Jenna Hall, Programme Director for the National Charity Partnership, also gave a presentation. 

Launched in January 2015, the three year partnership between Tesco, Diabetes UK and the BHF aims to raise £30 million. Half the money raised will fund the vital and ongoing work of both charities. The remainder will fund joint projects by all three partners, like the Let’s Do This campaign, to help reduce millions of people’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. 

Throughout 2016 and 2017, the Let’s Do This campaign will reach millions of people nationwide to inspire them to set achievable lifestyle goals, to boost their health and wellbeing. In the South East, free, fun events and programmes will be brought to Luton. In East London, the Partnership will support the delivery of free food-based holiday lunch clubs and Beat the Street – a free real-life walking and cycling game set to inspire over 200,000 families to get active. 

Victoria Simkins, Regional Fundraising Account Manager for the National Charity Partnership in South East England, explains: “In England today there are around three million adults living with Type 2 diabetes and around 5.9 million people are living with heart and circulatory disease. Through fundraising events organised by Tesco colleagues, like the Twickenham gala, 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. 

“I would like to thank all Tesco colleagues from Twickenham and stores nearby for their fundraising efforts for the National Charity Partnership to date. This event alone is one of the biggest annual grossing fundraisers for the Partnership. The money raised has ensured that Tesco stores in the South East continue to be amongst the top performing fundraising regions for the Partnership in the UK. This event’s success is both testament to the hard work and dedication of those who made it happen and to colleagues from Tesco stores who attended and gave generously on the night. What an amazing charitable collaboration by Tesco colleagues in the South East!”