Store staff backing charity

SUPERMARKET staff are taking giant strides towards helping raise £20m for a worthy cause.

Workers at Tesco, in Billingham, will be taking turns to walk 90,000 steps for Diabetes UK – the equivalent of climbing Mount Snowdon five times.

The marathon march on a stepping machine will take place at the Leeholme Road store today, tomorrow and Sunday. And shoppers will be encouraged to donate as much money as possible for the national charity.

Dozens of staff members will take turns to step out for Diabetes UK, which is Tesco’s national charity partner.

The store’s charity committee chairwoman, Kerry French, said: “We will be stepping out on all three days, during which time we hope to raise hundreds of pounds for a very worthy cause.

“We’ve set ourselves an ambitious distance, but we’re determined to play our part and raise money for Diabetes UK.” The money raised by the Tesco staff will go towards supporting the 3.8 million people with diabetes in the UK. Diabetes UK director of fundraising, Paul Amadi, said: “I would urge as many people as possible to go along to the store and show their support.

“This event is a great way of showing the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.”