Prior Park School bags Tesco funding

Prior Park First School in Tweedmouth has won £12,000 which will be used to develop its outdoor learning area.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16 December, 2016, 08:06
Prior Park First School pupils.

It secured first place in the Bags of Help funding initiative run by the Tweedmouth branch of Tesco and Groundwork.

The initiative sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Pauline Molloy, headteacher, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and work will now begin on bringing our project, Natural Play and Discovery, to life as we further develop learning in the outdoors.”

In the first round of funding, Berwick Town Council secured the £12,000 to revamp Grove Gardens South play park.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores from October 31 to November 13 – with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimates that around six million votes were cast in stores up and down the UK.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £24million across 2,421 local projects.

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From now on, customers will be able to vote for local groups all year round every time they shop and grants will be awarded monthly – meaning that thousands more projects will benefit from the scheme.

Funding will now be awarded to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community and money will be available in smaller amounts, making it more accessible.

Customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Groundwork’s national chief executive Graham Duxbury said: “It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future.

“The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit.

“It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”

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