Diabetes UK is named Tesco's charity of the year 2013

Barbara Young, the charity's chief executive, and Rebecca Shelley, the retailer's group corporate affairs director, say the partnership aims to raise £10m

Barbara Young (left) and Rebecca Shelley
Barbara Young (left) and Rebecca Shelley

Diabetes UK has been chosen as Tesco’s charity of the year for 2013 in a partnership that aims to raise £10m.

The charity, which had an income of £29.5m in 2011, will benefit from staff fundraising activities plus a donation from the Tesco Charity Trust of 20 per cent of the amount raised, up to a maximum of £500,000.

Some of the funds raised will be spent on research into a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes, which is the type of the condition not linked to lifestyle or weight.

The partnership, launched today, will also fund what the two organisations called the biggest ever public awareness campaign about Type 2 diabetes risk factors, which will aim to reach seven million people at high risk of developing the condition, which is associated with obesity and physical inactivity. 

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "This partnership will make a real difference in curbing the rise in the condition by funding the biggest ever public health campaign on risk factors and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes."

Young said research into a future without Type 1 diabetes was at an "extremely exciting point" and there is a chance the partnership’s funding could lead to a breakthrough in developing a vaccine.

Rebecca Shelley, group corporate affairs director at Tesco, said: "Thanks to this important partnership, we have the opportunity to inspire our colleagues and customers to come together, raise awareness and much needed funds to help the millions of people with diabetes in the UK."

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