Tesco Ballymoney Superstore is the top fundraising store in Northern Ireland for the company’s National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK.
Tesco Ballymoney has raised £34,829.98 towards the £18.6 million raised nationally through the partnership, which was established in 2015, putting them first out of all 54 stores across Northern Ireland.
Tesco colleagues and customers raised the fantatsic amount between March 2013 and December 2014. Colleagues at the Ballymoney Superstore have taken on all kind sof challenges and held fundraising events in stores including bike rides, sponsored walks, raffles, teddy bear sales - all to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Geoff Purcell, Store Manager of Tesco Ballymoney Superstore said: “We are delighted Ballymoney Castle Street Superstore is the top fundraising store in Northern Ireland.
“It’s an incredible achievement and a tribute to store colleagues and customers at Ballymoney Superstore for their wonderful fund raising efforts.
“They have helped fund ground breaking research, provide education and support programmes, as well as helping us reach people at risk of Tyoe 2 diabetes.”
“Their efforts have helped us create a lasting legacy.
“Funds will continue to offer support to many thousands of people with diabetes in the months and years to come, not to mention fund vital research that could transform people’s lives.”
The £18.6 million has been invested in research to develop a Type 1 diabetes vaccine,
Diabetes UK’s biggest public awareness campaign on Type 2 diabetes, helping 200,000 people to find out if they are at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, supporting newly diagnosed people at Living with Diabetes Day, extending the opening hours of the Diabetes UK Careline and providing over one million people with information about diabetes.
At the start of the year, Tesco announced a new pioneering three year partnership between Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation that aims to raise £30 million .
The three year partnership aims to raise money to be spent to be spent on a series of initiatives that will help people better understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.