Tesco team cycle to Lapland to raise funds for Diabetes

Staff at the Lottbridge Drove branch of Tesco cycled to Lapland to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Staff at the Lottbridge Drove branch of Tesco cycled to Lapland to raise money for Diabetes UK.

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Staff at the Lottbridge Drove branch of Tesco raised £1,300 for Diabetes UK by completing a bike ride to Lapland.

More than 50 members of staff took part in the charity cycle, which was for a total of 14 hours over the course of two days in the store’s foyer.

The staff, including management, rotated during the weekend to allow everyone to have a stint of the bike.

Eastbourne and Wealden YMCA painted a festive background for the team, while pupils from Parklands Infants School made 220 stockings to decorate the shop’s windows.

Bannatynes Gym donated the spin bikes for the event, which was run by community champion Debbie Baldwin and checkout manager Juanita Murray, who both dressed as elves with collection tins.

Throughout the fundraising, which took place on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, staff handed out ‘reindeer food’ to children and told them to leave it out on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus, Rudolph and friends.

More than 300 bags were handed out of the food, which was actually porridge oats sprinkled with glitter.

The fundraising was a nation-wide event, with Tesco staff cycling to Lapland from locations up and down the country, All proceeds went to Tesco’s charity partner, Diabetes UK.