A school near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a huge £10,000 boost this week by the town’s Tesco supermarket.

East Huntspill Pre-school Learning Alliance has bagged £10,000 from the store’s Bags of Help scheme.

Tesco teamed up with ‘green’ organisation Groundwork to launch the second round of the funding scheme, which sees grants – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

The windfall means East Huntspill Pre-school can start work on bringing its project – called the road safety soft play area – to life.

“Our Pre-school staff and committee are very excited to be receiving £10,000 of funding from Tesco Bags of Help,” Rachael Nicholls, Vice Chairperson, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

“Our project will enable the children from East Huntspill to have greater understanding of road safety during interactive learning and play.”

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £24m across 2,421 local projects across the UK.

From this week, customers will be able to vote for local groups all year round, every time they shop and grants will be awarded monthly – meaning that thousands more projects will benefit from the scheme.

Funding will be awarded to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community, and money will be available in smaller amounts, making it more accessible. Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit here.