Cancer Research UK’s partnership with Tesco has raised more than £40m over the past 16 years, the charity has announced.
More than half of the total was raised through Tesco’s sponsorship of CRUK’s annual fundraising event Race for Life, with money generated through staff fundraising initiatives, in-store events and a percentage of profits from certain products.
The supermarket raised more £12m in 2012, when CRUK was its charity of the year, through staff fundraising and donations from customers and suppliers.
Money raised through the Tesco partnership is dedicated to funding the charity’s research into cancer prevention.
More than 300,000 of the supermarket’s staff have taken part in Race for Life events. This weekend staff will wear pink to support Race for Life and CRUK volunteers will be invited into the stores to fundraise.
In stores that stock Tesco’s clothing range, customers will also be able to donate unwanted clothes and shoes for the charity to sell in its shops. Similar campaigns in the past have helped to contribute to the £40m total, Tesco said.
CRUK will also receive a share of the profits of certain products sold in Tesco stores throughout April, May and June.
Nick Gaynor, executive director of philanthropy and partnerships at CRUK said: "We are overwhelmed by the fantastic support Tesco and its colleagues have given us over the past 16 years and thank everyone who has contributed to achieving this amazing total of £40m."
Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said the sums raised were testament to the hard work of staff, suppliers and volunteers, as well as the generosity of customers.