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Tesco Antrim store worker recognised with posthumous Race for Life Hero award

Amy Murray & Andrea McKeown

(Susan Murray’s daughters)

Tesco celebrates 20 years in partnership with Race for Life

Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life are celebrating 20 years in partnership. Since 2002, over £60million has been contributed to Cancer Research UK.

Throughout the years of the partnership, colleagues across the UK have held fundraising events in store, taken part in race events and encouraged customers to donate to support life-saving research.

Tesco suppliers have also played their part, giving donations to the charity through various products in-store. The money contributed through those activities helps support Cancer Research UK’s vital work to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

As part of the celebrations, Tesco has recognised the hard work of colleagues by introducing the Tesco Race for Life Hero awards. Nominated by fellow colleagues, nine Tesco colleagues, plus one store, who have gone the extra mile in the past 20 years to make the partnership such a great success have received awards.

Susan Murray, Tesco Antrim Massereene, was nominated by her colleagues for one of the Tesco Race for Life Hero Awards, having taken part in many annual Race for Life events, raising thousands for charity. Sadly, Susan passed away before she could accept her Inspirational Race for Life Hero award, but her family were more than happy to accept it on her behalf.

Thomas Sloan, Store Manager at Tesco Antrim Massereene, says Susan was an inspiration to all her colleagues and she will be sorely missed.

“Our beautiful, kind and caring colleague Susan participated in Race for Life annually, not knowing she would one day have treatment for cancer herself. She had a huge network of support at the Race for Life events including her daughters, daughter in-law, sister, friends, and colleagues. Always the most beautiful soul, she became even more compassionate and positive after being diagnosed with cancer.

“During cancer treatment she maintained she would complete the Belfast Race for Life when it was rescheduled after lockdown. Sadly, Susan died in August 2020, and we still miss her terribly every day. She brought such a sense of fun into our lives and continues to inspire us.”

Tesco has contributed over £60m to Cancer Research UK over the last 20 years. Alongside sponsorship of Race for Life, the £60m has come through the Health Charity partnership, Tesco choosing Cancer Research UK as its Charity of the Year in 2012, stock generation for the charity’s shops and payroll giving, as well as partnerships with suppliers.

Jason Tarry, UK/ROI CEO at Tesco said:

“Celebrating 20 years of partnership with Cancer Research UK and Race for Life is a momentous occasion for everyone at Tesco. More than 400,000 colleagues and customers have taken part in Race for Life events and we hope it can continue for many more years to come.

“We’re so proud of the work that colleagues, customers and suppliers have done throughout the partnership to make it a success. Without their continued dedication and support we wouldn’t have achieved the £60million milestone. Together, we will make a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said:

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating this partnership milestone with Tesco. The success of our partnership over the last 20 years has been thanks to the support Tesco colleagues, customers and suppliers have given Race for Life, and we want to say a huge thank you to them for their unwavering dedication and commitment. All the money raised will help fund vital research to save more lives, and we hope everyone feels incredibly proud of this achievement.

“We’ve never been more focused on achieving our ambition to see 3 in 4 people survive their cancer by 2034. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and partners like Tesco, we can continue funding world-class research to keep making transformative steps in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. 1 in 2 of us will get cancer, all of us can support the research that will beat it.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which has been in partnership with Tesco for 20 years, is an inspiring series of 3K, 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events. In 2020, the events were cancelled due to the pandemic and Race for Life at Home was introduced.

In September and October, the charity’s much-loved mass-participation events returned, with socially distanced measures to keep everyone safe.