Tesco staff climb the Clisham

Sixteen members of staff at Stornoway’s Tesco store are due to scale the heights of the Clisham on Saturday August 13.

The team are fundraising for the company’s charity of the Year, Alzheimer Scotland.

Sponsor forms are in store at the kiosk for anyone who would like to show their support and also staff taking part will be wearing special t-shirts from next week.

They are undertaking a bag packing fundraiser on Saturday (August 5) to kick-start their efforts and they will be helping out shoppers between 11.30am and 7pm.

Since 1988, Tesco has chosen a different charity each year to be the focus for staff fundraising. During this time Tesco staff have helped to raise over £55 million for various charities. Most recent charity partners have included the British Red Cross, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and CLIC Sargent.

Tesco staff are encouraged to get involved and raise money for the Charity of the Year through a choice of fun and exciting events. The Tesco Charity Trust will then add a further 20% top up to money raised through staff fundraising to a maximum of £500,000.

David Reid, chairman of Tesco in the UK said of the chosen charity: “There are 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Every five minutes, someone new will develop the disease.  This means that almost half of our staff and customers have a loved one or friend with dementia, so we are proud to have the opportunity to work with the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Scotland to make a real and lasting difference to their lives, from diagnosis through to treatment.”