VIDEO: Town store backs national cancer campaign

SUPERMARKET customers are being urged to dig deep into their wardrobes and play their part in a nationwide fundraising campaign.

Staff at Tesco, in Hartlepool’s Burn Road, are urging customers to bag up good quality clothes, shoes and accessories they no longer use ahead of the store’s Big Shop and Drop Weekend.

Staff at the Tesco store on Burn Road in Hartlepool are backing the Stand up to Cancer camapign. From left are store manager Martin James, along with colleagues Ian Taylorson, Caroline Whitham and Rachel Trotter.

Staff at the Tesco store on Burn Road in Hartlepool are backing the Stand up to Cancer camapign. From left are store manager Martin James, along with colleagues Ian Taylorson, Caroline Whitham and Rachel Trotter.

All of the donations will then be handed over to Cancer Research UK shops and cash raised will support the charity’s latest campaign, Stand Up To Cancer.

Martin James, the store’s manager, said: “We really hope people in Hartlepool will get involved and drop off clothes and accessories they no longer need.”

“Taking part in our Big Shop and Drop Weekend is an easy way to Stand Up To Cancer and help fund vital research into this terrible disease.”

The unwanted quality goods can be dropped into the store on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21.

Cancer Research UK bosses are delighted the store has pledged its support to the campaign, and said it isn’t just clothes that can be donated to boost the good cause.

Books, games, DVDs and other unwanted items will also be gratefully accepted.

Paul Wadsworth, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for the North East, said: “All shoppers need to do is take their bags to the Tesco store and drop them off before they do their big weekend shop.

“Each bag of goods could help raise as much as £30 for life-saving research into cancer.

“We are entering a ‘golden age’ of cancer research and every pound we raise takes us a step closer to achieving our goal to beat cancer.

“By boosting funding right now, the best research teams will be able to develop new treatments, bring cures faster and save more lives.”

Tesco customers can also support the camoaign by buying wristbands and pin badges at stores and garages for just £1.

Stand Up To Cancer has already had the backing of a number of stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr, David Hasselhoff and Keith Lemon.