LEADING charities have come together with Tesco to launch a new campaign to help people in Southampton lead healthier lives.

Tesco stores across the city have come together to support the Tesco Health Charity Partnership, raising money for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.

Taking place between September 13 and 26, the scheme allows customers to make a donation by rounding up the amount they spend in stores to the nearest £1 at self-service checkouts.

All funds raised will go directly to the three charities, which are part of the ‘helping you to live healthier’ partnership.

It is hoped that this will help people to make sustainable lifestyle changes that can help lower their risk of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, and type 2 diabetes.

Oonagh Turnbull, head of health campaigns at Tesco, said: “Cancer, heart and circulatory diseases and type 2 diabetes are three of the biggest health challenges of our time, touching the lives of millions of people every year.

“But without donations, the work of our charity partners to prevent the harm these conditions cause just can’t continue.

“With our partner charities, we aim to raise awareness and millions of pounds to help carry on saving and improving lives.

“From advances in prevention and early diagnosis to breakthroughs in research into cures and treatments, we need the help of people in Southampton to raise vital funds that will help to reduce the risk of these life-threatening conditions, now and in the future.”

The fundraiser comes as the three charities involved have experienced a significant reduction in income, as fundraising events were cancelled, and retail stores closed as a result of lockdown restrictions.


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