A project to develop a sensory room and courtyard sensory garden at Burnham-On-Sea’s St Andrew’s School could be in line to win a massive cash boost from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco’s ongoing community funding scheme sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – awarded to local community projects.

St Andrew’s Junior School in Burnham is one of the latest groups on the shortlist. Its project is the development of a new sensory room and courtyard sensory garden to help support the needs of children with Special Educational Needs.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco’s store in Burnham to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

“This exciting project will benefit all the children of St Andrew’s but specifically those children in our school with visual impairment and social-emotional needs,” says Ali Pook, Headteacher.

“We have completed some of the work ourselves, but this fuding will allow us to complete the project for this school year.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October – customers cast their votes using a token given at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

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

Pictured: Some of the great work already started on the school’s sensory room. Pat Tutton on the left is a graffiti artist from Bristol who volunteered his time to create fanastic 3D art in the new sensory room