TESCO shoppers in Chard have been thanked for contributing towards £1million raised for three life saving charities.

The supermarket's 'helping you live healthier' initiative, raised the funds for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK .

Shoppers raised the money by rounding up their shop to the nearest £1 from September 13 until 26.

In addition to the £1 million donated, the campaign raised awareness in Chard about the importance of people making sustainable lifestyle changes that can help lower their risk of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, and type 2 diabetes.

Oonagh Turnbull, head of health campaigns at Tesco, thanked Tesco shoppers in Chard for their generosity, which will make a significant difference to many people’s lives.

She said: “It has been inspiring to see our customers really engage with the work we are doing together, and we hope that we have played a part in raising awareness for these conditions, as well as life-saving funds.”

The campaign was part of the Health Charity Partnership between Tesco, Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.

This was to inspire and support Tesco staff and customers to make healthier food choices and live healthier lives.

On behalf of the charity partners, Claire Sadler, executive director of marketing, fundraising and engagement at the British Heart Foundation, added: “We have been amazed by the incredible generosity of Tesco customers and colleagues and would like to thank everyone who donated during September.

“Your donations will help to empower millions of people to make healthier choices that lower their risk of heart and circulatory diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

"It will also help our charities provide vital support to millions of people at a time it’s never been more needed, and it will fund research with the potential to save lives.”

Cancer Research UK is a leading cancer charity who hope to save lives using research.

Their work in prevention, diagnosis and treatment has helped save millions of lives.

The British Heart Foundation fund research to help rid the world of heart and circulatory diseases.

And Diabetes UK helps people with the disease get the right treatment, knowledge and support to help them live a full and healthy life.