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Cranham supermarket worker crowned Diabetes UK charity champion

PUBLISHED: 13:56 02 June 2014 | UPDATED: 16:23 02 June 2014

Dom Littlewood, Lesley Dunn  and Darren Earl

Dom Littlewood, Lesley Dunn and Darren Earl

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Listening to Chesney Hawkes on repeat for eight hours straight has helped a supermarket worker become charity champion of the year.

Chesney Hawkes. Picture: Press AssociationChesney Hawkes. Picture: Press Association

Cranham grandmother-of-eight Lesley Dunn, who works at the Roneo Corner Tesco store in Romford, received the Diabetes UK national award at a lavish ceremony held at The Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square.

She was nominated for her fundraising efforts for Tesco over the last 12 months, which included organising a Stars in Their Aisles show, a sponsored silence and even persuading her store manager to sell kisses on Valentines Day.

“I was very proud when I was nominated for the award,” said Lesley, 63. “To win is unbelievable as I know so many colleagues across the country have raised a lot of money.

“I was thrilled, I know the customers at Tesco Roneo Corner must be some of the most generous in the country and I would like to say thank you to them all.”

Lesley, who has worked at the store for 41 years, was also set the gruelling challenge of listening to Chesney Hawkes sing his one and only hit, The One and Only, for eight hours straight in store, which she enjoyed more than everyone else.

“The security guards weren’t impressed,” said Lesley, 63. “They kept going out to lunch, but I enjoyed it. I’d have liked him to be there in person though.”

Philip Clarke, Tesco CEO, sent her a personal letter praising her work, including her Farm to Fork online blog.

The awards were presented by television’s Dominic Littlewood, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged 10, and Lesley was joined at the bash by store manager Darren Earl, who called her a “very worthy winner.”

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