A delicious breakfast donated by an Aylesbury store awaits the hundreds of Midnight Walkers after they reach the finish.
The early hours of Sunday, July 10, will see Tesco provide bacon rolls, pain au chocolat and tea and coffee to more than 400 ladies as they finish the night walk, raising money for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.
The Tring Road supermarket donates this mountain of breakfast to the charity as part of its community work, organised by Tesco’s community and charity ambassador in Aylesbury, Fatima King.
She said: “Our official charities this year are British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK but we feel very strongly that it’s important to support local charities and the hospice touches so many lives. The team at Tesco get a great sense of community and support from helping local charities in this way, and it’s definitely a two-way relationship.”
The store has been involved with the Midnight Walk for the past two years, providing breakfast and also a team of walkers made up of staff and friends and family.
Fatima added: “This is my second year as a walker, hopefully there will be more to come. I like to do it, it’s giving me something back and you get to meet so many great people with amazing stories. The atmosphere and the team spirit and the feeling that we are all there for the same reason. It is a unique experience walking through the night and having a laugh - it’s so worth doing.”
But what is in it for the company? Fatima said: “Our customers love to be involved and are extremely generous whenever we do any fundraising in store. So it’s really positive for them to see that Tesco is supporting the local community in this way.
“My role is to work with our local charities and communities and try to make people’s lives better. I also organise the Farm to Fork campaign where we work with schoolchildren or Beavers, Scouts, Brownies or Cubs groups and get the children into store to learn more about where our food comes from.
“I feel privileged to be able not only to donate the breakfast on behalf of Tesco but humbled to be part of the team, and I have made so many great friends whilst doing my job.”
Registration for the Midnight Walk costs £18 per person which includes a souvenir Midnight Walk 2016 t-shirt, medal on completion of the walk and breakfast courtesy of Tesco, served at Aylesbury College at the finish.
For more information and to sign up for the Midnight Walk go to www.gemstonewalk.co.uk
Find out more about Florence Nightingale Hospice at www.fnhospice.org.uk