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LIMBERING UP Tesco staff from Havant get ready for the Race for Life
LIMBERING UP Tesco staff from Havant get ready for the Race for Life

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YOU might expect to see vehicles and trolleys in supermarket car parks – but not bright pink bunnies!

A team of 35 women from Tesco, dressed as rabbits, will be jogging round the store’s car park in Havant during their lunch breaks.

They are determined to get as fit as possible for the country’s biggest women-only cancer fundraiser on July 24.

The store is pulling out all the stops this year for Race For Life on Southsea Common, where thousands of women will come together to run or walk 5km.

Tesco has now supported the event for 10 years – helping to raise a whopping £362m for research into cancer.

The Havant team are making sure nothing is left to chance .

They are borrowing a spinning machine from Fitness First, in Waterlooville.

It will be installed in the staff canteen so the women can train during their breaks.

Liz Jones, community champion at the store in Solent Road, said: ‘We have lost some of our members of staff to cancer and we wanted to do this in memory of them.

‘It’s always very sad to lose a member of staff. We put a memorial table up with a card on and all the staff sign it and we send it to the family.’

Mrs Jones said all the team, which ranges from 16 years of age to 68, were pushing each other on.

‘It’s great,’ she said. ‘We are cheering each other on. It’s great fun.

‘All of the managers are going to come down and support us and have a picnic ready for when we have finished – and a few bottles of wine!’

But it won’t be only girl power in this year’s fundraising bid.

Andy Scott, manager of the phone shop at the Havant store, will be dressed as a woman for the race.

Dressed in tights and a tutu, he will be running alongside the women on the day and collecting donations in a bucket.

‘We want to make it extra special this year,’ added Mrs Jones.

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, executive director of corporate and legal affairs at Tesco, said: ‘An incredible 5.4m women have taken part in Race for Life to date, helping many to recover from cancer as a result of the £362 million we have raised together for Cancer Research UK.

‘This year, by working in partnership with Cancer Research UK, we’re aiming to reach more women than ever before to help us raise £80m to fund life saving work.’

There are more than 300 Race for Life events happening across the UK from May to the end of July this year.

Women can enter online at raceforlife.org/tesco or call the hotline on 0871 641 1111.