Tesco – Bags of Help

The Animal Sanctuary Wilmslow is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. 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 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 Animal Sanctuary Wilmslow is one of the groups on the shortlist.

“With this grant we hope to build additional accessible toilets and a sheltered area with seating for visitors and school parties. We have had an increase in visitor numbers made up of adults, children, school and work parties and various youth groups. We are now in need of dedicated facilities for these visitors such as toilets and a sheltered seating area which will be accessible to all including those visitors who need disabled access”.

“We are delighted to have been selected to be involved in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. If we receive funding for our project it means that the shelter created will improve conditions for our visitors irrespective of the weather. It also means we will be able to accommodate more groups and visitors all year round”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. 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 £43 million to more than 10,000 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 March and April. 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

Below is a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project.

Alderley Road, Wilmslow Express SK9 1LH
Bramhall, Cheshire Express SK7 1JR
Dean Row Road, Wilmslow Express SK9 2TA
Handforth Extra Central SK9 3PA
Wilmslow Road, Handforth Express SK9 3HQ