Staff race for cancer victims

Some of the Belle Vue Way Tesco store staff who are taking part in the Race for Life event.
Some of the Belle Vue Way Tesco store staff who are taking part in the Race for Life event.

SUPERMARKET staff will swap the aisles for the promenade when they take part in an event to help cancer victims.

Around 30 staff from Tesco Extra, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, will take part in this year’s Cancer Research UK Race For Life.

Each of the women have their own reasons for participating in the annual event, after many of their relatives were diagnosed with cancer or lost their battle with the disease.

But they are also taking part in memory of their colleague, Eileen Abbott, a health and beauty customer assistant, who passed away in April 2008 after suffering from the disease.

Selina Wilson, community champion at the store, said: “Eileen was quite a popular member of staff and more than half of the people in store are doing it with Eileen in mind, as well as their own friends and relatives.

“Cancer is something that can affect every single one of us, whether it be through a family member, a friend or unfortunately ourselves sometimes.

“The Race for Life is fun and it’s for a good cause.”

Selina said there was a lot of camaraderie amongst the women and a lot of participants have been preparing by going jogging.

She added there is a donation bucket in store for anyone who wants to sponsor the workers and they also have individual sponsor forms.

Clothing customer assistant Janice Walker will be doing her fifth Race for Life.

She said: “It’s such a brilliant day and all for a great cause.

“The passing of my friend and Tesco colleague, Eileen Abbott, inspires me to do the race.

“I hope for better weather this year as it rained heavily last time.”

Last year, 25,000 Tesco staff nationwide raised just short of £1m after taking part.

Tesco will also top up whatever the staff raise by an additional 20 per cent.

The Race for Life will take place at the Promenade, at Seaton Carew, at 11am, on Sunday, June 5.

This year the charity hopes 3,000 town women will achieve a fundraising total of £160,000.

Enter by visiting or by calling 0871 6411111.

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