Fareham Tesco staff take on gruelling climb for Diabetes UK

Staff from Tesco Fareham
Staff from Tesco Fareham
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Determined staff from a supermarket took on a gruelling challenge for charity.

A team of employees from Tesco, in Fareham, decided to climb Mount Snowdon for their charity of the year Diabetes UK.

It was a difficult challenge for the staff but they were over the moon when the completed it.

They managed to raise nearly £1,000 for the charity, which helps people with diabetes in the UK.

Customer service manager Sami Oddy organised the climb up the tallest mountain in Wales.

Sami says: ‘ It was a great experience.

‘Everyone made it up and down the mountain in good time.

‘Thanks to generous customers and friends and family, we have raised just under £1,000 for the cause.

‘The whole team was really happy with this amount.’

But the gruelling challenge of climbing the mountain wasn’t enough for some of the Tesco staff.

Tim Connolly, Jazz Singh-Landa and Ty Moody went the extra mile and swam in a lake half-way up the mountain.

Sami adds: ‘We were pretty much half-way up the mountain when Tim, Jazz and Ty decided to do something else.

‘They managed to make an extra £200 for the charity Diabetes UK by swimming in a lake half-way up the mountain.

‘It was freezing cold.’

But the staff didn’t let the cold get their spirits downs.

‘The team were very energetic,’ says Sami.

‘And we all loved the challenge and we are all very happy to have participated in the climb.’

For some of the group, the 1,085-metre climb has inspired them to give it another go – but this time adding two more mountains.’

Sami adds: ‘Some of us now plan to do the Three Peak Challenge next September.’

That will see them climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike, in England and Mount Snowdon.