Locals in Horsham are being encouraged to support their local Tesco staff at Horsham Extra on Wickhurst Lane to climb 90,000 steps, the equivalent to scaling Mount Snowdon five times, to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Staff will step up to the challenge during the 14th-16th June and will raise funds towards the £10 Million target for Diabetes UK, which is Tesco’s National Charity Partner.
Walking, along with other physical activity, can play an important role in maintaining a healthy weight, which in turn reduces risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. According to the National Travel Survey, just 23 per cent of journeys are made by foot compared to 64 per cent by car.
Tesco staff completing the step challenge will show customers that 1,000 steps can be easily achieved in 10 minutes.
Whilst visiting the store children will get the chance to complete activities in the Kids’ Ladder Challenge.
Youngsters will need to complete tasks to virtually ‘climb’ each step, such as identifying fruit and vegetables or hopping on the spot and will receive a certificate for taking part.
Diabetes UK’s Director of Fundraising, Paul Amadi, said: “I am really delighted that Tesco staff in West Sussex are taking on the stepping challenge in support of the partnership between Tesco and Diabetes UK.
“This event is a great way to show the importance of leading an active lifestyle and encouraging kids to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.
“The money raised will go towards supporting the 3.8 million people with diabetes in the UK and help people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes reduce the risk of the condition. I would urge people in West Sussex to come along on the day and show their support.”
Lee Laflain, store manager at Horsham Extra said: “Colleagues at the store are really looking forward to stepping up to the challenge. We’ve set ourselves an ambitious distance, but we’re all determined to play our part and raise money for Diabetes UK.”