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Tesco Health Charity Partnership fundraiser to help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Leading charities have linked-up with Tesco to launch a campaign that aims to raise much-needed funds to help people lead healthier lives.

Tesco stores across the UK are coming together to support the Tesco Health Charity Partnership and raise money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK from 13-26 September.

Tesco customers can make a donation by rounding up the amount they spend in stores to the nearest £1 at all self-service checkouts. All funds raised will go directly to the three charities, which are part of the ‘Helping you to live healthier’ partnership and be split equally.

The partnership aims to inspire, empower and support Tesco colleagues, customers and their families to make healthier food choices and live healthier lives.

It is hoped that this will help people to make sustainable lifestyle changes that can help lower their risk of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, and type 2 diabetes.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said:

“Cancer, heart and circulatory diseases and type 2 diabetes are three of the biggest health challenges of our time, touching the lives of millions of people every year. But without donations, the work of our charity partners to prevent the harm these conditions cause just can’t continue.

“There is a need to build understanding of how to minimise certain risk factors – for example, by making healthier food choices, because this can make a big difference to your risk of these conditions in the future.

“With our partner charities, we aim to raise awareness and millions of pounds to help carry on saving and improving lives. From advances in prevention and early diagnosis to breakthroughs in research into cures and treatments, we need the help of people to raise vital funds that will help to reduce the risk of these life-threatening conditions, now and in the future.”

The fundraiser comes as the three charities have experienced a significant reduction in income, as fundraising events were cancelled, and retail stores closed during lockdown restrictions. Since restrictions have eased, the charities have faced a slow recovery with still a long way to go before income returns to pre-pandemic levels.
Support from Tesco customers at this critical time will help each charity continue its vital work to save and improve lives.

The partnership will also share trusted, health information and advice to empower Tesco customers to take small steps to help improve their health.

On behalf of the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, Claire Sadler, Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Engagement at the British Heart Foundation, said:

“We’re delighted to be teaming-up with Tesco to raise funds for life saving research and the vital support our charities provide to millions of people.

“Nearly all of us are affected by heart and circulatory diseases, cancer or diabetes in some way. But by working with Tesco, our aim is to empower millions of people to make healthier choices that lower their risk of these conditions and improve their health.

“We want to say a big thank you to Tesco’s colleagues and customers for helping us continue our vital work. With your support, we can keep up the pace of progress in tackling some of the UK’s biggest health challenges.”

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About the Tesco 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 hearthelpline@bhf.org.uk
  • 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 www.diabetes.org.uk

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