Rear into Gear calls out for votes to bag a share of bag fund
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
The Health Tree Foundation ( HTF) is one of the groups on the shortlist.
HTF has recently launched an appeal called Rear into Gear. The appeals aims to reach £200,000 to purchase two sets of state-of-the-art keyhole surgery equipment which will be used for patients with bowel conditions, including cancer, at both Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals.
Lauren Alexander, Community Champion for HTF, said : “We are over the moon to have been shortlisted by Tesco and really hope that the general public get behind the appeal and vote for us in Tesco. The equipment will enable surgeons to perform the latest and most complex keyhole surgery procedures for patients undergoing bowel cancer so it’s going to made a huge improvement for local people”
Mr Kishore Kumar Sasapu, consultant colorectal surgeon and clinical lead for general surgery, said: “It is wonderful to have Tesco’s support. We look forward to seeing how we do in the vote”.
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £33 million to more than 6,400 projects up and down the UK. 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 will be awarded funding.
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.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“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.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
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