People from the community joined together to raise over £250 for Diabetes UK at their local Tesco store in Aberdare.
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 people. Across the UK 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.
Ray Highton, Team Leader for the collection at Tesco’s store in Aberdare said: “I would personally like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time to help collect donations over the weekend. With their support we’ve raised £266 for Diabetes UK.
“We had a fun weekend and the volunteers did a great job spreading some cheer in store.”
Diabetes UK Cymru’s Director Dai Williams said: “We are delighted that so many people from the community came together to support the Big Collection in Aberdare.
“With the help of volunteers we were able to collect donations and raise awareness of a condition that affects the 173,000 people in Wales who have diabetes and an estimated 60,000 living with the condition but who haven’t yet been diagnosed.
“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/
More information about the National Charity Partnership between Tesco and Diabetes UK is online at www.diabetes.org.uk/tesco