Tesco on the Reading Road turned pink on Saturday morning to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life with entertainment for the whole family.
Local entertainer John Johnny entertained with music and games. There were performances by Rupert House children, musical entertainment by Martyn Hayward on the saxophone and Claire Weare, Tesco Group Manager on the piano. There were also classic cars and motorbikes to climb on and the Henley Fire Service brought their appliance for the children to climb aboard and have fun with the water hose.
Henley Mayor, Councillor Michelle Thomas officially opened the event by doing a customer announcement on the tannoy inside the store about the event and thanked the staff for helping us all to be fed during the pandemic. Afterwards she did a trolley dash around the store loading up her trolley with fruit for the local primary schools with the help of Mike Hayward who helped organised the event.
Afterwards Michelle said, “I asked the schools what fruit they would like and some wanted exotic fruit like mangos, kiwis and passion fruit. The fruit will be delivered on the day of the school’s choice. I think I’ve probably got about £300 worth of fruit so thank you Tesco. I’ve always wanted to be part of the TV show Supermarket Sweep so my wish as come true. 1 in 2 people will get cancer in the UK. Customers can donate in store on dedicated card machine up until 16 July.”
Laura Clark, Store Manager at Tesco, said: “We’re delighted to have raised £1,400 for Cancer Research UK through the generosity of our customers and would like to thank every person who got involved, donated and enjoyed the festivities. Special thanks to The Mayor Councillor Michelle Thomas, the Fire Brigade, John Johnny & Mike Hayward for organising the event. Most of us know someone whose life has been affected by cancer, and we want to do what we can to help support research into fighting the disease, so it’s lovely to have such community spirit and fun come together for such a worthwhile cause, thank you to all who made the day possible.”