TV Presenter Dominic Littlewood hosted the Charity Partnership Awards for Tesco colleagues last night in London to celebrate the dedication staff have shown to support Diabetes UK since March 2013, already raising a huge £11.5 million.
Of the 75 outstanding Tesco colleagues from across the country who were shortlisted, 19 people took home an award in recognition of their support and fundraising efforts. Their incredible support has included cycling the length of Britain, Dancing for Diabetes, creating Winter Wonderlands, wearing all manner of fancy dress costumes and even jumping out of planes.
"The evening was a celebration of the fantastic efforts Tesco colleagues have made to support Diabetes UK"
This money has, and will continue to, go towards supporting the 3.8 million people living with diabetes in the UK. The millions rasied have already helped 70,000 people check their risk of getting Type 2 diabetes; provided over one million people with the information they need to manage their diabetes; and funded investment into ground-breaking research for a Type 1 vaccine.
The host Dominic was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 10 and although he was initially scared he has not let his condition hold him back from leading an active lifestyle and pursuing a successful career.
Dominic said: “I was proud to host the Diabetes UK and Tesco Partnership Awards. The evening was a celebration of the fantastic efforts Tesco colleagues have made to support Diabetes UK. Not only have they raised an incredible sum of money, they’ve also helped to raise awareness of a condition that is very personal to me.
“I know that sometimes it can seem hard to know where to turn to for help and advice, especially when you’re trying to manage your condition as well as have a job and a family. Diabetes UK’s Careline has always been a really helpful resource for people like me living with the condition and the fact that the dedicated helpline is now open for longer, because of the money the partnership has raised, means that more people can get the help they need.”
"We're absolutely over the moon to win the award"
Irene and Selina, from Tesco Strand Road and Tesco Lisnagelvin in Northern Ireland picked up the Best Community Involvement Award for their Cha Cha Slide on the Peace Bridge. Over 180 people including families, babies, MLAs and journalists braved the rain and wind to take part in the Cha Cha slide - raising £1,200 for Diabetes UK.
Irene said: "We're absolutely over the moon to win the award. We'd like to thank everybody who took part in the event, it was a real community effort. We accept the award on behalf of the Derry/Londonderry community."