Supermarket staff brave the ice

Tesco Extra staff Burn Road taking part in their Ice Bucket Challenge
Tesco Extra staff Burn Road taking part in their Ice Bucket Challenge

BRAVE supermarket staff took time out to take part in a ice bucket challenge for a national charity.

Several staff members from the Tesco Extra store, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, took on the challenge of having buckets of iced water poured over them in aid of Diabetes UK.

Nationally Tesco have chosen Diabetes UK as their chosen charity for last year and this year and fundraising events are taking place throughout the year.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has become an internet sensation in recent weeks with people being nominated to complete the challenge in aid of a charity of their choice.

Staff members taking part include Carolyn Cooke and Angie Dawson. A total of £38 was raised thanks to a bucket collection during the challenge.

Selina Wilson, community champion at Tesco Extra, said: “Angie Dawson was challenged to do it on Facebook and said she wanted to do it at work and raise money for a good cause.

“We were delighted to be able to support Tesco’s charity of the year, Diabetes UK.” So far Tesco nationally has helped raise £12m for Diabetes UK.

Tesco colleagues, suppliers, customers, and Diabetes UK supporters have “really got behind” the partnership which has seen people across the country shaving their heads, jumping out of planes, rowing the Atlantic Ocean and bathing in tubs of beans, all to raise money for the charity.

Since 1988, Tesco has chosen a different charity each year to be the focus for staff fundraising.

During that time Tesco staff have helped to raise millions of pounds for several good causes and charities.