Tesco Bags for Help

Pupils at St Oswald’s C.E. Primary School in Worleston, Nantwich are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme.

It awards grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive awards and shoppers are being invited to head to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

St Oswald’s C.E. Primary School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The school project is for a “mile a day (smile a day)” all weather rubberised running track around the school field.

Children will be able to use it to remain active all year round and run a mile a day as part of the school’s campaign to promote the health and wellbeing of the children in the community.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in November and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the checkout in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers.

“It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.

“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork National Chief Executive Graham Duxbury said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.

“The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area.

“We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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