Supporting charities

23 May 2013

£70 million raised by colleagues and customers for charities and good causes since 2000

Across the Group, we have a long heritage of working in partnership with charities. Since 2000, our colleagues and customers have raised almost £70 million and as a business we have donated over £475 million from our pre-tax profits to charities and good causes.

This year, our colleagues and customers raised £14 million for a variety of charities from cancer treatment to educational funding. In the UK, our colleagues and customers raised £11.8 million for our charity of the year, Cancer Research UK, through events such as Cycle to Lapland, where colleagues in stores and offices rode stationary bikes the distance from London to Lapland – over 2,000 miles – raising £820,000 in a week.

Our in-country teams identify those causes that matter in their local communities and we can often use our scale to help raise significant funds during difficult economic times. In Ireland, for example, where many young people suffer from depression, our charity of the year was Aware. Through the funds we raised we were able to launch ‘Beat The Blues’ in secondary schools – a depression awareness programme which will help around 16,000 additional teenagers.

February 2012 saw us launch the ‘Save the Young Lives Campaign’ in South Korea to help children with leukaemia who can’t afford treatment as well as foster children who often suffer from learning, developmental and physical disability and eating disorders.

In April 2012 we launched the Tesco Children’s Foundation in Poland, to support projects for children focusing on health, social welfare and education, as well as other local community initiatives.

We also offer charities the opportunity to collect at our stores. The British Legion’s Poppy appeal raises approximately 10% of their income from these collections.