Tesco’s fundraising appeal provides £3 million boost to health charity partners

Tesco’s fundraising appeal provides £3 million boost to health charity partners

Tesco customers have contributed towards an overall donation total of £3 million this month to three life-saving charities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Tesco stores across the country supported the Tesco Health Charity Partnership’s appeal to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK from 1 to 13 September. Tesco customers reached the fantastic total by rounding up their shop in store to the nearest £1.

Over the 13-day in-store appeal, customer donations amounted to nearly £1.5 million, with Tesco matching contributions to bring the total charity donation to £3 million. All funds will go directly to the three charities and be split equally.

Due to the pandemic, each charity expects to see a steep decline in its income this year due to the cancellation of fundraising events and temporary closure of shops.

The support shown from Tesco customers at this critical time will help each charity continue its vital work to save and improve lives.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said: “We are really delighted that our customers have been so generous in supporting these three very deserving charities.

“This has been an incredibly tough year for many so far and hopefully this donation of £3 million will help those directly affected by cancer, heart and circulatory diseases or diabetes.”

Caro Evans, Director of Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, said:

“We want to say a huge thank you to Tesco customers for raising such a fantastic amount of money. COVID-19 has severely impacted our income and we need help now more than ever before to continue our vital research. We won’t stop working towards making progress for people affected by cancer and the amazing generosity of Tesco customers will help us continue our life-saving work.”

Commenting on the total raised, Amanda Bringans, Director of Fundraising for the British Heart Foundation, said:

“We have been amazed by the incredible generosity of Tesco customers. The Covid-19 pandemic means we face an agonising drop in our income, meaning every penny donated will be vital to us continuing to fund life saving research into new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating heart and circulatory diseases. Thank you to each and every person who donated.”

Kath Abrahams, Director of Engagement and Fundraising at Diabetes UK, said;

“We want to thank all Tesco customers whose generous support will help contribute to changing and savings the lives of millions of people with diabetes in the UK.

“This year we’ve seen demand for our services reach record levels, while our own funding has been significantly impacted. The money raised will help fund vital work to support those who need us the most –  today more so than ever.”

If you didn’t manage to donate at the checkout, you can also donate via or by phone – simply text DONATE to 70507 to give £5*.

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* T&Cs can be found at

Text DONATE to 70507 to give £5

You will be charged £5, plus one message at your standard network rate (age 16+, UK mobiles only). All monies raised for the Tesco Health Charity Partnership will be split equally amongst Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Closes 30/09/2020.  If you wish to discuss this mobile payment call 02032827863.  

About the Health Charity Partnership

The Health Charity Partnership between Tesco, Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK supports people in the UK to make sustainable lifestyle changes and adopt healthy habits. The partnership aims to encourage and support sustainable behaviour change, through a series of targeted activities and campaigns aimed at reducing the risk of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases and Type 2 diabetes.

About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

About the British Heart Foundation

  • The BHF’s Heart Helpline is opened Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm. The number to call is 0300 330 3311 or you can also email
  • Calls to the Heart Helpline cost a similar rate to 01 02 numbers.
  • With donations from the public, the BHF funds ground-breaking research that will get us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world where broken hearts are mended, where millions more people survive a heart attack, where the number of people dying from or disabled by a stroke is slashed in half. A world where people affected by heart and circulatory diseases get the support they need. And a world of cures and treatments we can’t even imagine today. We are backing the best ideas, the brightest minds and the biggest ambitions - because that’s how we’ll beat heartbreak forever.

About Diabetes UK

  • Diabetes UK’s aim is creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting more people than any other serious health condition in the UK - more than dementia and cancer combined. There is currently no known cure for any type of diabetes. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life. For more information about diabetes and the charity’s work, visit

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