Tesco announces major charity partnership with Diabetes UK

4 Mar 2013

Tesco has announced a major new charity partnership with Diabetes UK to help create a healthier future for people affected by diabetes or at risk of developing it.

Tesco has announced a major new charity partnership with Diabetes UK to help create a healthier future for people affected by diabetes or at risk of developing it.

The partnership, launched as the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK  reached three million for the first time, will see Tesco, its customers, staff and suppliers aim to raise £10 million, the biggest donation ever pledged to the charity.

Part of this funding will be spent on pioneering research into a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes – the type not linked to lifestyle or weight – that offers real hope for thousands of children and adults across the globe for a future without this type of the condition.

The partnership will also fund the biggest ever public awareness campaign on Type 2 diabetes risk factors, aiming to reach the estimated seven million people at high risk from the condition.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “I am delighted Tesco has made Diabetes UK its National Charity Partner, as this will make a real difference in curbing the rise in the condition by funding the biggest ever public health campaign on risk factors and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

“It is also great news that the money raised by the fantastic fundraising efforts of its customers, staff and employees will pay for a series of Living with Diabetes Days that will give people with Type 2 diabetes the information they need to manage the condition.

“Crucially, research into a future without Type 1 diabetes is at an extremely exciting point and so there is a real chance that the millions of pounds of new research the partnership will fund could make the breakthrough that leads to a future without this type of the condition, a lasting legacy for the partnership and for children and adults worldwide.”

Rebecca Shelley, Group Corporate Affairs Director at Tesco, said: “Diabetes affects millions of families and communities across the UK and as today’s news confirms, the number of people with this condition is increasing.

“Thanks to this important partnership, we have the opportunity to inspire our colleagues and customers to come together, raise awareness and much needed funds to help the millions of people with diabetes in the UK.

“From helping our customers take action to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes through our network of pharmacies, to investing in groundbreaking research, we’ll be using our scale to support everyone affected by, and at risk of diabetes.”

Funds raised by the partnership will help fund the following initiatives:

  • Pioneering research into a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes, offering real hope for thousands of children and adults across the globe for a future without this type of the condition.
  • The partnership will also fund the biggest ever public awareness campaign on Type 2 diabetes risk factors aiming to reach the estimated seven million people at high risk.
  • Through risk assessments available to customers in our pharmacies, we will help to identify some of the 850,000 people who have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
  • The partnership aims to provide information and advice to almost a million people with Type 2 diabetes and will also fund a series of “Living with Diabetes” days around the UK that will help people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes understand how to best manage their condition.

To find out if you are at risk of Type 2 diabetes, go to www.diabetes.org.uk/ or visit a Tesco Pharmacy for a free five minute assessment:www.tesco.com/storelocator or call 0800 505 555

 

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Notes to editor:

About Diabetes UK:

  • Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.  For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit www.diabetes.org.uk
  • In the UK, there are around 3.8 million people who have diabetes.  There are more than 3 million people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and around 850,000 more who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed.  As many as 7 million people are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and if current trends continue, an estimated 5 million people will have diabetes by 2025. 
  • Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.   If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke. 
  • People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin.  About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1.   No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable.  It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly.  Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses - taken either by injections or via an insulin pump – a healthy diet and regular physical activity. 
  • People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance).  85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2.  They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk.  They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight.  It starts gradually, usually later in life, and it can be years before they realise they have it. Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.  In addition, tablets and/or insulin can be required.  
  • For more information on reporting on diabetes, download our journalists’ guide: www.diabetes.org.uk/journalists-guide

 

About the Tesco National Charity Partnership:

  • Diabetes UK is Tesco’s National Charity Partner. Tesco and Diabetes UK hope to raise £10 million to create healthier communities for everyone affected by, and at risk of, diabetes.
  • The partnership aims to support the 3 million people who have to live with diabetes every day; and help hundreds of thousands of people take action to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.  It will also see investment into ground-breaking research.
  • Since 1988, Tesco has chosen a different charity every year to be the focus for staff fundraising. The Tesco Charity Trust tops up staff fundraising by 20%, up to a maximum of £500,000.
  • The partnership will be supported throughout the year by a range of product promotions in Tesco stores and online which will carry a donation to Diabetes UK. Tesco Bank will donate 0.0125p for every transaction made at ATM’s at Tesco stores until 28 February 2014. Clubcard customers can also donate their points to Diabetes UK.
  • For more information on how the partnership between Tesco and Diabetes UK will create a healthier future for people affected by diabetes or at risk of developing it, go to www.diabetes.org.uk/tesco