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Kidderminster Tesco raises cash for diabetes charity
6:20am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
MORE than £1,000 was raised for Diabetes UK through Kidderminster’s town centre store.
Members of the local community joined together to raise £1,039.01 for the cause as 27 volunteers collected donations as part of the Big Collection weekend, a nationwide fund-raising event for the charity.
The Big Collection weekend took place from October 4 to 6 throughout the UK, with 7,000 volunteers taking part at more than 500 Tesco stores.
The weekend was organised as part of the national charity partnership between Diabetes UK and Tesco. They were hoping to raise £400,000 over the weekend. The final amount will be revealed in due course.
The money raised will support the 3 million people living with diabetes in the UK and help find the further 850,000 more who remain undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
John Stevens, team leader for the collection at Kidderminster, said: “I signed up as a team leader for the Big Collection because I wanted to raise peoples’ awareness of diabetes and its related complications.
“I would personally like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help collect donations at the Tesco superstore over the weekend, including one couple who brought their small street organ to provide an added attraction of musical entertainment.”
Andre Carvalho, head of volunteering for Diabetes UK, said: “We appreciate the warm welcome Tesco staff at Kidderminster superstore gave to our volunteers. It just reinforces what a great partnership we have with Tesco.”
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