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Leeds: Hopping to it in bid for a world record

LEG UP: Staff at Tesco, Seacroft, supporting Stand Up For Cancer charity by taking part in a world record attempt for standing on one leg.

LEG UP: Staff at Tesco, Seacroft, supporting Stand Up For Cancer charity by taking part in a world record attempt for standing on one leg.

  • by Laura Bowyer
 

When it comes to standing up to cancer staff and customers at a Leeds supermarket know that every little helps.

Dozens of shoppers ditched their trolleys in a bid to earn themselves a place in the record books by standing on one leg.

Workers and customers at Tesco in Seacroft look set to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people standing on one leg at the same time.

Judges from Guinness will verify the results after the east Leeds store teamed up with Tesco branches, offices and depots around the country.

Workers spent two minutes on one leg to raise money to support Cancer Research UK.

Among those taking part was cancer survivor and Seacroft Tesco store manager Tony Cooper.

Tony, who took part in the challenge in London, had a tumour across the top and bottom of his diaphragm.

After an operation, he was told he had got non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

He said: “Standing on one leg for two minutes is no mean feat but we are determined to try and raise as much money as possible to help our colleagues, customers and other people diagnosed with this terrible disease.”

Donations will go to Stand Up To Cancer, a dynamic new fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, which will air on television screens tonight.

A host of television, music and film stars are backing the campaign including comedian Alan Carr, pop sensation Kylie Minogue, David Hasselhoff and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Yorkshire, said: “We are so grateful to all the staff and customers at Tesco in Seacroft who are supporting the new world record bid and helping to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer at the same time.

“We are entering a ‘golden age’ of cancer research and every pound we raise takes us a step closer to achieving our goal to beat cancer.”

 

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