Yodel supports retail client Tesco in charity ride
Yodel, the UK’s leading parcel delivery company, is backing Tesco staff on a 500-mile charity bike ride. The company, which delivers over 150 milllion parcels a year on behalf of the majority of the UK’s top retailers, including Tesco, is one of the main sponsors for the event, which is raising funds for Tesco’s National Charity Partner, Diabetes UK.
The Tesco peloton boasts 14 cyclists, who set off from Cardiff on Thursday 20th June, and are due to finish today (Monday 24th June) in Dundee. All riders will cycle the full distance, averaging 100 miles a day and calling at Ludlow, Chorley, Carlisle and Edinburgh. The cyclists all work for Tesco's Cardiff or Dundee customer service centres.
Yodel has a long standing association with cycling, and is once again the official logistics partner and sponsor of the Yodel Sprints sections of the Tour of Britain, which starts on 15 September, and attracts top athletes from all over the world.
Neil Lloyd, CEO of Yodel said:
"Over the course of our partnership with Tour of Britain, we have witnessed the UK's passion for cycling reach new heights. Challenges such as Tesco's peloton really capture the imagination and we wish the whole team well.
"Just like our deliveries for Tesco, planning, determination and teamwork are crucial and it gives us great pleasure to help them in raising such a fantastic sum of money for a very worthy cause."
Jamie Hughes, Head of Planning & Development for Tesco Customer Service Centres said:
"The Tesco Customer Service Centres have a great track record of supporting charitable causes having raised over £500,000 in the last 10 years. This year's National Charity Partner, Diabetes UK, is a very deserving cause and we hope that this ride will help us in achieving our overall fundraising target of £60,000.
"We are very grateful to Yodel for the backing and support they are providing. We have been planning the ride for over 12 months. It's a big challenge and an exciting opportunity for our Cardiff and Dundee sites to come together and use our scale for good by working together on a single event.
"We hope that the ride will do more than just raise money for a good cause. It is a considerable personal challenge for the riders involved, but it is also something that all our 2,500 colleagues can be proud of."
Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat in the UK. Over three million people are living with diabetes and over 15,000 Tesco employees are directly affected. With this in mind, the retailer is aiming to raise £10 million to make the lives of those affected by diabetes that little bit better and help create healthier communities across the UK.
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