Race for life participants at the finish line

Since 2002, Tesco colleagues and customers have raised millions for Cancer Research UK.

Tesco has also been the headline sponsor of Race for Life, our biggest series of fundraising events, and more than 340,000 Tesco employees have taken part.

In January 2018, we built on this longstanding relationship by launching a groundbreaking partnership between Tesco, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

The partnership has brought together the skills and expertise of the three charity partners and Tesco to help lower the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. In its third year of five, the four organisations are working together to help Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues and millions of UK shoppers by removing barriers to healthier habits.

Over the course of the partnership, the organisations will help to encourage and support sustainable, measurable changes in behaviour through a series of targeted activities and campaigns including:

  • Developing the UK’s leading workplace health programme for Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues
  • Aligning communication campaigns to give customers the information they need to make healthier choices through in-store and online communication and nudges
  • Working with Tesco pharmacists to help them better support customers in the prevention of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes
  • Fundraising for more health research through innovative and engaging fundraising initiatives that help customers and colleagues raise money for the three charity partners

Helping communities during the coronavirus pandemic

Our partnership with Tesco has remained important during the pandemic. People with cancer and their families might have been especially worried about the virus, as some cancer treatments lower the body’s ability to fight infection. People affected by cancer might also have been worried about how the coronavirus pandemic would affect cancer treatment, care and support. In response to this, Tesco has supported the charity partners to reach people affected by cancer through:

  • Signposting people with concerns about themselves or others to our dedicated nurse helpline
  • Providing key health information and advice for people living with cancer via Tesco’s Grocery Home Delivery service website tesco.com, Clubcard membership scheme and social channels
  • Providing Tesco’s 300,000-strong workforce with tips, advice and guidance on how to stay healthy at work and home during the lockdown