Tesco stores from across Poole have backed a fundraising campaign aimed at raising £15,000 for the town’s hospital.
Poole Hospital Charity was the chosen charity for this year’s Poole Festival of Running, which aimed to raise £15,000 to buy equipment for the radiotherapy ward.
Charity volunteers joined in the fun at the event, held in Poole Park, and held a raffle to boost fundraising, with half of the proceeds going to the hospital’s Consider Dementia Appeal, which helps people who have the condition, and the other half to the Radiotherapy department.
Colleagues from the Fleets Corner Extra, Tower Park Extra and Branksome Tesco stores donated two £50 Tesco gift cards and a hamper filled with Tesco Finest products as prizes.
Money raised for the radiotherapy ward will go towards a bladder scanner and an electrometer, which measures radiation doses.
Farah Batchelor, manager from Poole Hospital Charity, said: “We are hugely grateful to all supporters who bought tickets and to the businesses that donated prizes. We raised £821 which will be split between Radiotherapy and our Consider Dementia campaign.
“With one in two of us receiving a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime the radiotherapy team at Poole Hospital have never been busier and treat on average 120 patients a day who have been diagnosed with cancer.
“We are reliant on the community to help us raise money to support the hospital and are delighted with the support we have received from Tesco.”
Fearne Sheppard, community champion at the Poole Fleets Corner Tesco Extra store, said: “Whilst we are dedicated and focused on serving our customers and enhancing their shopping experience in our stores across Poole, we are also keen to engage with and help to support our local community.
“We are delighted to play our part in raising this vital money, which will buy equipment to improve how the radiotherapy team delivers treatment, meaning more accurate results and less stress for the patient.”