Tesco bags of help

A charity has been given £4,000 to help more veterans with health conditions back into work thanks to support from Tesco shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea.

Customers gave their backing to The Poppy Factory by voting in Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which distributes grants raised from carrier bag sales.

Shoppers have recently placed their votes using blue tokens given out at the store in Ben Travers Way.

The funding will enable The Poppy Factory to help more veterans in the area. Each year the charity supports around 300 ex-Forces men and women with physical or mental health conditions back into meaningful and sustained employment.

Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “We are so grateful to everyone in Burnham-On-Sea who showed their support for our wounded, injured and sick veterans by using their tokens to vote for The Poppy Factory in the Bags of Help scheme.”

“This important funding will go directly to our employability programme, helping us support many more ex-Forces men and women who want to flourish in new jobs and careers, no matter what health conditions and other barriers they may face.”

The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employability organisation for veterans with mental and physical health conditions.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 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.