Tesco collection raises awareness of diabetes

Duty manager Ian Connolly with Bob Blease from the Diabetes Support Group, before the water bombing
Duty manager Ian Connolly with Bob Blease from the Diabetes Support Group, before the water bombing

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TESCO put on a beach bonanza day to help raise awareness of diabetes last weekend.

Managers of the Fareham store were water-bombed by their staff and a range of summer foods were put on for a ‘Big Collection’ event for Diabetes UK, which raised nearly £600.

The purpose was not only to raise funds but to provide information and support to local people with diabetes.

Raymond Hale, chairman of the Diabetes UK group for Fareham and Gosport, said: ‘People with diabetes need help to learn how to manage their condition.

‘One big concern is that last year Fareham and Gosport had the highest diabetic amputation rate in the whole of the UK with over 50 amputations. This just has to stop.’

The Fareham and Gosport support group meets in the Community Space at the Tesco Fareham store on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm and in the Methodist Church in Stoke Road, Gosport on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.