Tesco to raise funds for Cancer Research UK this weekend

TESCO colleagues in Wiltshire stores will be in the pink this weekend to show their support for Cancer Research UK.

Tesco Turns Pink, the supermarket chain’s national annual fundraiser, takes place Friday through Sunday (April 23-25), as colleagues from across the country help raise money for life-saving research.

Many stores have a bucket collection, while sponsored employees wear pink in exchange for a small donation. The cash registers and the front of the shops will also be decorated in pink to mark the occasion.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said, “Tesco Turns Pink is one of the highlights of the year in our stores.

“It will be slightly different this year due to coronavirus restrictions in our stores, but we know that the support of our customers and colleagues in raising vital funds for this great cause will be undaunted.”

The money will go to world-class research to help fight 200 types of the disease – including colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, childhood cancer and leukemia.

Tesco is also celebrating two decades of collaboration with Cancer Research UK’s annual Race for Life – a series of 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events that raise millions of pounds every year to help fight cancer.

However, due to pandemic constraints, Cancer Research UK has had to postpone the Race for Life events for spring and early summer. Instead, people are invited to participate in a Race for Life at Home.

Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK said, “We are incredibly grateful to Tesco for their support over the past 20 years. To keep making progress for people with cancer, we still need help today.

“We are absolutely determined to continue our vital work to save more lives, but we cannot do it alone. Every step we take to fight cancer depends on our brilliant supporters.

“By joining us and taking part in Race for Life at Home, everyone can now make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

“There are so many reasons to participate, for yourself, for loved ones undergoing treatment, for people we’ve lost or just as a reason to get active. Every pound helps get our lifesaving work back on track.”

Sign up for Race for Life at Home in April and visit raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770. Get involved and share with #RaceatHome.

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