PEOPLE from Thurrock joined together to raise £955 for Diabetes UK at Tesco Extra in West Thurrock.
The Big Collection is a nationwide fundraising event for Diabetes UK and this year it took place in 328 Tesco stores across the UK on 13, 14 and 15 June, which marked the end of Diabetes Week.
Enthusiastic volunteers collected donations and helped raise awareness of diabetes, a condition that affects one in seven.
Nationally 3,000 volunteers gave up their time to collect for the charity, hoping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds overall. This money will support the 3.2 million people living with diabetes in the UK and help find the further 630,000 who remain undiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Liz Montgomery, Team Leader for the collection at West Thurrock Tesco, said: “I would personally like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help collect donations at the Tesco Extra West Thurrock over the weekend. With their support we’ve raised £955 for Diabetes UK.
“We had a fun weekend and the volunteers did a great job spreading some cheer in store. We also had a number of people with diabetes who could also speak to customers about living with the condition.”
Sharon Roberts, Diabetes UK Eastern Regional Manager, said: “We are delighted that so many people from the community came together to support the Big Collection in West Thurrock.
“With the help of volunteers we were able to collect donations from Tesco customers and raise awareness of a condition that affects 3.8 million people.
“We’d like to thank the volunteers for getting into the fundraising spirit and making the weekend so enjoyable and we’re grateful to the Tesco customers for their kind donations.”
The weekend was organised as part of a major National Charity Partnership between Tesco and Diabetes UK. The partnership aims to support the millions of people who have to live with diabetes every day; help hundreds of thousands of people take action to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes; and fund investment into ground-breaking research for a Type 1 vaccine.
People interested in supporting Diabetes UK, should visit www.diabetes.org.uk/be-awesome for volunteering opportunities and for fundraising opportunities visit www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Raising_funds/