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Upcoming fundraiser in Tesco stores nationwide set to be a game changer

Tesco colleagues will hold a football inspired fundraiser over the weekend of 3-5 June to raise money for the National Charity Partnership. Titled ‘Tesco 2016’, this nationwide fundraiser will see more than 300,000 colleagues put their own spin on a major football event to help improve the health of the nation. Colleagues at Tesco Distribution Centres and head offices will also take part throughout June. 

Colleagues will raise funds during Tesco 2016 through both customer facing and internal football-themed activities. These may well include regional 5-a-side football tournaments for colleagues, colleagues versus managers’ football matches or local derbies. For stores taking part on the weekend of 3-5 June, customers will be asked to cheer colleagues on to support them in their fundraising for the National Charity Partnership. 

Hannah Chauhan, Head of Fundraising for the National Charity Partnership, explains; “Tesco 2016 looks set to help us with our fundraising goals this year and we are really hopeful that customers will get behind Tesco colleagues and show their support. The fundraiser is taking place at the same time as a popular international football tournament and so I’d encourage customers to pop along to their local store and get involved in the spirit of things.” 

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.