September 17, 2016
East Huntspill Pre-School hopes for revamp with Tesco bag scheme

East Huntspill Pre-School Learning Alliance is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative to enable a revamp of its outdoor facilities.

The supermarket has teamed up with environmental charity Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local environmental and greenspace projects.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award - and this month at the Burnham-On-Sea store shoppers are being invited to head along to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

East Huntspill Pre-School Learning Alliance is one of the groups on the shortlist.

"Our outside area at East Huntspill Pre-school is in desperate need of a revamp," said spokeswoman Lesley Meaker.

"When our project is complete we will have a soft surface facility with road markings, road signs, Zebra crossing, roundabouts, road junctions, parking bays and traffic lights to help develop the children’s understanding of the importance of road safety."

"There will also be a wooden wendy house structure and seating which can be set up to accommodate different role play ideas. In addition to this, we will offer a sensory experience through a water feature, plus a timber corner seating which will be used as our quiet area to help encourage literacy and communication skills."

"Our pre-school staff and committee members are very excited to be short listed for a chance of one of the three amounts of grant funding’s from Tesco Bags of Help. Our project will enable the children from East Huntspill to have a greater understanding of road safety during interactive learning and play."

Voting will be open in the stores from 26th September to 9th October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: "The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success. In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects."

Groundwork is an environmental charity that works across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face. By bringing people and the environment together with practical local action.


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