This weekend Mike Thornton MP was put through his paces on a stepping machine by Bursledon Tesco staff to support their bid to raise £20,000 for Diabetes UK.
Mr Thornton is pictured here with Store Manager Matt Fielder (far right), the store's charity organiser Josh Richards (middle right) and some of the key Tesco Bursledon staff who have committed their own time and effort to support the campaign.
The local MP was making the steps as part of Bursledon Tesco's 90,000 step challenge, with every step symbolising an injection a child will have to have in their lifetime if they're diagnosed with diabetes at a young age.
Bursledon Tesco staff are aiming to raise £20,000 for the charity - last year they raised £12,000 for Cancer Research UK. As well as the step challenge, Bursledon Tesco is arranging special events throughout the year, and some staff will be running the Great South Run in October for the charity.
The money raised last year for Cancer Research UK went to fund local projects like a breast cancer gene study, and research into a possible prostate screening test, both based in Southampton and supported by Tesco.
MP Mike Thornton said: “The Tesco effort locally is one of the most successful across the country, raising £12,000 last year alone. Diabetes is becoming more and more common and impacts upon millions of people's lives throughout the UK. “
“The staff here are committed to raising even more this year for this important cause, and I'm delighted to support the campaign”.
Notes to editor:
1. Diabetes UK is Tesco's national charity this year, and will see Tesco customers, staff and suppliers aim to raise £10 million, the biggest donation ever pledged to the charity.
2. Part of this funding will be spent on pioneering research into a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes – the type not linked to lifestyle or weight – and will also fund the biggest ever public awareness campaign on Type 2 diabetes risk factors, aiming to reach the estimated seven million people at high risk from the condition.