ALL Tesco’s stores across North Devon have come on board to support the North Devon District Hospital’s Cancer and Wellbeing Appeal.

North Devon Tesco Cluster Manager and Barnstaple Tesco Superstore Rose Lane Manager Dan Fowler is a committed hospital ambassador and he has encouraged all the stores across North Devon to get behind the Appeal and support the hospital charity.

Dan said “Tesco are delighted to be supporting the Appeal and the fantastic and crucial work undertaken by our local hospital.  We know that many of our colleagues and customers have come into contact with a service, support or care that’s provided by them.  We know that by linking up with the hospital charity Over and Above we can help them enhance the support and care offered to local patients suffering from cancer and chronic illness and their families.”

Already, within six months the Appeal has raised an amazing £467,405 through donations and pledges, thanks to the overwhelming support of the local community.  And now EVERY Tesco Store in North Devon – Barnstaple Rose Lane, Station Road, Express, Braunton, Ilfracombe, Bideford and Westward Ho! now has the “Over and Above” Cancer Appeal collection pots on their tills and their staff are actively choosing lots of in-store events to support the cause.

In the Autumn, Tesco donated £6,500 to the Appeal and the stores have also donated hampers to the charity’s raffles, which over the past five years has raised over £56,000.

This year Tesco has donated five luxury hampers for the charity’s Easter hamper.   Each of the luxury summer hampers were donated and individually wrapped by each of the stores at Tesco Superstore, Tesco Taw View Extra, Tesco Bideford Superstore, Tesco Braunton Superstore and Ilfracombe Superstore, and are filled with chocolate Easter egg goodies.

Fundraiser Julie Whitton said “Tescos has fully embraced this appeal and have gone the extra mile to support our patients with cancer and chronic illnesses.  The store managers have visited the hospital and seen at first-hand how the lives of our patients will be improved with the new centre.  Working at the hospital, I regularly see patients who have received news and need a place to mentally absorb what they have been told or to unwind – this new centre will be a place of sanctuary where our patients can go and talk to a friendly person with a listening ear.  Our patients have been asking for this centre for a very long time, and we are looking forward to its opening next year.  We would welcome support from bucket collecting volunteers and would love to hear from anyone who would like to help.

The Tesco Easter raffle tickets are now on sale and can be purchased for £1 in the Tesco stores and on weekdays from the Hospital Fundraising Team’s volunteers in the North Devon District Hospital foyer.


 1          Tesco Taw View Extra store with raffle and plans – L-R

Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton, Tesco Taw View Extra Manager Paddy Williams,  Braunton Store Manager Natalie Levitt, Ilfracombe Store Manager Peter Hawes, Barnstaple Rose Lane Manager Dan Fowler, Bideford Community Champion Debbie Grundy and Taw View Extra Community Champion Sharon Hodgson

 2          Tesco Rose Lane with pots and plans – L-R

Barnstaple Rose Lane Manager Dan Fowler, Tesco Taw View Extra Manager Paddy Williams, Bideford Community Champion Debbie Grundy Over and Above Fundraiser Julie Whitton

3          Tesco Rose Lane with hampers – L-R

Over and Above Fundraiser, Julie Whitton, Taw View Extra Services Manager Paddy Williams, Barnstaple Rose Lane Manager Dan Fowler, and Bideford Community Champion Debbie Grundy