Voting launches for round 2 of Tesco's Bags of Help initiative
TESCO customers are being invited to help community groups
and good causes in Southport bag a share of a ?12.5million carrier bag charge
The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its 'Bags of Help' initiative,
which sees grants of ?12,000, ?10,000 and ?8,000; all raised from the 5p bag
levy; being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects across the
country. And this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores
to vote for who they believe should take away the top grant.
The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in Southport are:- Redgate Community
Primary School, West Lancashire Borough Council and West Lancs Borough Council.
Voting is open in store from, 31 October to 13 November 2016. Customers will be able
to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check out in store each
time they shop.
The bag charge has already raised millions for good causes across England and
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.
We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own
environmental and greenspace areas.
We are absolutely delighted to be opening voting for round two and we hope that
even more customers will choose to support groups that mean a lot to them and to
their communities this time around.
There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see
them come to life with Bags of Help grants."
Groundwork's national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:- "Bags of
Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create
better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.
We've been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for
funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens,
play areas and everything in between.
They're all fantastic projects that make a real different in our neighbourhoods.
We're looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote in early
October and then supporting each group to bring their project to life."