Tesco Metro in Cirencester slammed for giving away chocolate-stuffed hamper in aid of charity Diabetes UK

Tesco Metro in Cirencester has been slammed for giving away a whole hamper of chocolate in aid of charity Diabetes UK

Tesco Metro in Cirencester has been slammed for giving away a whole hamper of chocolate in aid of charity Diabetes UK

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A FITNESS fanatic from the Cotswolds has hit out at Tesco for advertising a hamper stuffed full of chocolate treats as part of a raffle raising money for charity Diabetes UK.

Personal trainer Graeme Hilditch slammed the Cirencester store on Twitter for offering such a prize. He tweeted on his account @fitFAQS: "Can we really let Tesco get away with this staggeringly distasteful irony! It's just so wrong!"

He also posted a picture (shown above) of the hamper packed with chocolate Easter eggs at the Cirencester Tesco Metro store in the town centre, with a sign underneath showing the proceeds were going to the Diabetes charity.

When approached, a spokesman for Tesco said: "Our colleagues do incredible fundraising work for our national charity partner, Diabetes UK.

"We are proud that over £10 million has been raised so far, which will go towards helping people reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, supporting people who live with diabetes as well as funding ground-breaking research to find a vaccine."

Yet Mr Hilditch said the irony was "laughable" and tweeted Tesco's twitter account to ask why they could not have chosen a "better raffle prize".

A spokesman for Diabetes UK also added: "We recommend that everyone follows a healthy balanced diet and takes regular physical activity.

"People shouldn’t worry about occasional treats if they are eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet and in moderation."

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11:10am Fri 11 Apr 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

My God ... when is going to stop? More PC Nannystateism

We will have do-gooders closing down kebab outlets,. fish & Chip shops and burger bars next.

We all have a choice what we eat ..... suitable/unsuitable ....... healthy/unhealthy .. or we should.
My God ... when is going to stop? More PC Nannystateism We will have do-gooders closing down kebab outlets,. fish & Chip shops and burger bars next. We all have a choice what we eat ..... suitable/unsuitable ....... healthy/unhealthy .. or we should. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 5

2:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Moany Groan says...

Well yes, Supreme Chancellor... unless of course you are a diabetic in which case your choice is no sugar or possible serious consequences (even death?); so maybe we don't ALL have a choice what we eat. But we do all have a choice of thinking before spouting nonsense.
Well yes, Supreme Chancellor... unless of course you are a diabetic in which case your choice is no sugar or possible serious consequences (even death?); so maybe we don't ALL have a choice what we eat. But we do all have a choice of thinking before spouting nonsense. Moany Groan
  • Score: -5

3:39pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Like we all have a choice whether to buy a raffle ticket and then a choice whether to eat it Moany Groany..... If a person can't eat sugar, then they shouldn't buy a ticket! It's Easter for goodness sake, the time to indulge in chocolate.... what would you like Tesco to put in the hamper to tempt people to buy a ticket? Cabbage, potatoes, toilet roll??? Jee whizz.... at least Tesco are doing something and raising money for a charity... damned if they do, damned if they don't.
Like we all have a choice whether to buy a raffle ticket and then a choice whether to eat it Moany Groany..... If a person can't eat sugar, then they shouldn't buy a ticket! It's Easter for goodness sake, the time to indulge in chocolate.... what would you like Tesco to put in the hamper to tempt people to buy a ticket? Cabbage, potatoes, toilet roll??? Jee whizz.... at least Tesco are doing something and raising money for a charity... damned if they do, damned if they don't. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 17

4:26pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Moany Groan says...

Go ahead and eat your raffle ticket then, Jessica. Given that option I would prefer the cabbage, thank you! Whichever way you look at it there is certainly irony here....
Go ahead and eat your raffle ticket then, Jessica. Given that option I would prefer the cabbage, thank you! Whichever way you look at it there is certainly irony here.... Moany Groan
  • Score: -6

4:33pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Fat Rascal says...

Since when does working as a personal trainer make you into a "fitness fanatic"? Seems like lazy headline grabbing from the journalist or should I say "word fanatic".
Since when does working as a personal trainer make you into a "fitness fanatic"? Seems like lazy headline grabbing from the journalist or should I say "word fanatic". Fat Rascal
  • Score: 6

5:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

AllyAb says...

Where on the photo does it say only diabetics can buy raffle tickets? What about alcoholics? Should they be barred from buying tickets to try and win the first prize? Or children to try to win toys? For goodness sake people see it as it is - prizes designed to attract the interest of the majority to enable them to raise as much as they can for their chosen charity - not some thing designed to upset anyone even "fitness fanatics" , maybe they should applaud a corporate company for trying to help raise awareness of a serious illness rather than criticise.
Where on the photo does it say only diabetics can buy raffle tickets? What about alcoholics? Should they be barred from buying tickets to try and win the first prize? Or children to try to win toys? For goodness sake people see it as it is - prizes designed to attract the interest of the majority to enable them to raise as much as they can for their chosen charity - not some thing designed to upset anyone even "fitness fanatics" , maybe they should applaud a corporate company for trying to help raise awareness of a serious illness rather than criticise. AllyAb
  • Score: 15

8:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Tomdog says...

Another hand wringer and bellyacher complaining about a good thing as longs as Diabetes UK benefits from the raffle who cares apart from this so called fitness fanatic, I am sure should a diabetic person win the raffle they would have enough sense not to eat the lot at one sitting well done Tesco for raising 10 million pound for charity. Well done to our community for helping raise money for charity long may it continue. Who ever wins the raffle enjoy your prize.
Another hand wringer and bellyacher complaining about a good thing as longs as Diabetes UK benefits from the raffle who cares apart from this so called fitness fanatic, I am sure should a diabetic person win the raffle they would have enough sense not to eat the lot at one sitting well done Tesco for raising 10 million pound for charity. Well done to our community for helping raise money for charity long may it continue. Who ever wins the raffle enjoy your prize. Tomdog
  • Score: 13

8:32pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Rex Cooper says...

Non story alert
Non story alert Rex Cooper
  • Score: 0

10:09am Sat 12 Apr 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Ah yes moany groan, I see now why you think I shall eat my ticket lol! I shall clarify... It is someones choice to buy a ticket... if the ticket is a winner, then it is the winning ticket holders choice whether to eat the chocolate in the hamper... Better? Good on Tesco for raising money for charity... keep up the good work.
Ah yes moany groan, I see now why you think I shall eat my ticket lol! I shall clarify... It is someones choice to buy a ticket... if the ticket is a winner, then it is the winning ticket holders choice whether to eat the chocolate in the hamper... Better? Good on Tesco for raising money for charity... keep up the good work. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 2

9:06pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

Well Done Mr Hilditch , you stunt has got you visibilty that your are allegedly a "Personal trainer" and a "Fitness fanatic , you are entitled to your comments.
However I would suggest you perhaps review the priorities in your life , like getting out a bit more and meeting people. Talking about your problem can often help !
Well Done Mr Hilditch , you stunt has got you visibilty that your are allegedly a "Personal trainer" and a "Fitness fanatic , you are entitled to your comments. However I would suggest you perhaps review the priorities in your life , like getting out a bit more and meeting people. Talking about your problem can often help ! Col Mustard
  • Score: -1

11:54am Mon 14 Apr 14

Running_man_cirencester says...

I think everyone is kind of missing the point. I'm pretty sure he is purely pointing out the irony of giving away the one thing most linked with diabetes for a diabetes charity raffle!
I think everyone is kind of missing the point. I'm pretty sure he is purely pointing out the irony of giving away the one thing most linked with diabetes for a diabetes charity raffle! Running_man_cirencester
  • Score: -1

5:17pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

Ah thats it irony.... Like When Cadburys sponsored the Olympics , supported by. MacDonalds. ....yuk and the Dentists friend Coca Cola...

Didnt hear to many Olympic participants refusing to involve themselves with the Olympics . Oh thats principles. not irony my mistake..

Nice to see London Pride Brewery co sponsor of the London 2014 Marathon ! ..... Bit like Lineker flogging fatty crisps to fat kids......

Difficult ground sponsorship it does involve having principles !
Ah thats it irony.... Like When Cadburys sponsored the Olympics , supported by. MacDonalds. ....yuk and the Dentists friend Coca Cola... Didnt hear to many Olympic participants refusing to involve themselves with the Olympics . Oh thats principles. not irony my mistake.. Nice to see London Pride Brewery co sponsor of the London 2014 Marathon ! ..... Bit like Lineker flogging fatty crisps to fat kids...... Difficult ground sponsorship it does involve having principles ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 1

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