Tesco bags of help

Community projects in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to put themselves forward for a cash boost courtesy of Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

The initiative, which is run in partnership with community charity Groundwork, sees money raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 are available every two months in each of the 575 voting regions across England Scotland and Wales.

The scheme is now calling on community groups in Somerset to put themselves forward for a grant.

Three groups in each local area will be awarded grants every other month. Tesco customers will have the chance to vote with a token given to them at the check-out every time they shop.

Jane Lawrie, Tesco Group communications director, said:  “The money raised from our customers buying bags is making a big difference to communities across the country.

“Thanks to Bags of Help, millions has been invested so far on local projects like parks, sports facilities, school playgrounds and community gardens – projects that have all been chosen by our customers.”

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.

Graham Duxbury, national CEO at Groundwork, said:  “It’s great to see the positive difference that Bags of Help is making to communities across the UK and we are delighted to be involved in supporting thousands of local people make their mark in their community.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”