Tesco has bags of funding up for grabsfor Berwick projects

Community projects in Berwick could receive a cash injection thanks to Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.

Saturday, 8th April 2017, 06:55 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 21:16 pm
Prior Park First School.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly roll-out of its funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Berwick Town Council and Prior Park First School have both previously received £12,000 through the scheme. This has been used to renovate the Grove Gardens South play park and develop the school’s outdoor learning areas.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £28.5million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK and the supermarket is now calling on community groups in Berwick to put themselves forward for a grant.

Three groups in each local area will be awarded grants every other month. Tesco customers will have the chance to vote with a token given to them at the check-out every time they shop.

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Community groups and charities can apply for funding and Tesco customers and colleagues can nominate projects they’d like to see receive some cash. Ask in store for more information or visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “The money raised from our customers buying bags is making a big difference to local communities across the country. Millions has been invested so far on local projects like parks, sports facilities, school playgrounds and community gardens – projects that have all been chosen by our customers.”

Graham Duxbury, national CEO at Groundwork, said: “It’s great to see the positive difference that Bags of Help is making to communities across the UK and we are delighted to be involved in supporting thousands of local people make their mark in their community.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”