Every little helps: Tesco staff at all 500 London stores launch fundraising drive for Give to GOSH

Tesco has backed the Give to GOSH appeal by launching a fundraising drive in all 500 of its London stores.

For the first time, staff in every Tesco Superstore, Metro and Express in the capital will be rattling buckets until Sunday.

The Tesco Metros in Regent Street and Covent Garden are also putting on events, with music and games — as well as appearances from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) mascots Bernard and Wendy Bear, to encourage shoppers to donate.

Justin Hall, manager of the Russell Square store, said, “We focus a lot on GOSH because it is so close and it is such a good cause.

“We often have patients and their parents coming in. Recently we had one patient who came in for an ice-cream and we opened a box and gave it to him for free.

“We expect to collect a lot because the footfall here is really high, especially during lunch hour.”

Millie Johnston, Tesco London Communications Manager, said, “Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is a charity that everyone in London can relate to. It really resonates with our customers.”

Amit Aggarwal, from the charity, said: “We are hugely grateful to Tesco for hosting this bucket collection across all 500 of their London stores. With the incredible support of their colleagues and customers, we hope this will be another fantastic boost to the Give to GOSH appeal.

"Please dig deep and donate your spare change – all the money raised will be used to support some of the hospital’s most urgent needs.”

Josh Hardie, Corporate Responsibility Director at Tesco, said: “The work of GOSH has touched many of our customers and colleagues. That’s why we’re delighted to be supporting the Give to GOSH appeal.”

Support the appeal

To support the work of GOSH, donate to the Give to GOSH appeal.

This article was originally published in The Evening Standard on 21 January 2016.