AN EVESHAM superstore has donated £30,000 to good causes in the community through its ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.
Tesco, on Worcester Road, granted £10,000 to the Vale of Evesham School and £12,000 to Evesham Community Hospital, as well as £8,000 to Droitwich’s Witton Middle School, using the money from its 5p carrier bag charge.
After the Government announced the charge on plastic bags last October, the food giant put the money into a large pot and gave applicants the chance to apply for a grant.
Customers recently spent a week dropping red tokens, which they were given at the check out, into one of three pots they wanted the cash to got to.
Evesham Community Hospital will use the money to build a dementia garden for its residents and the Vale of Evesham School will use the grant to create a disabled-friendly footpath with sensors and sounds for its pupils.
Witton Middle School hope to use the money to build a pond.
Vicki Anderson, Evesham Tesco’s community champion, told the Observer: “They were all so grateful and I’ve heard some great stories of what they’re hoping to use the money on. I’ve promised to help in any way I can once work starts at each venue.
“I think it’s fantastic and I almost can’t believe how much Tesco can help and support the local community with schemes like this. It was for such a great cause and wouldn’t of been possible without the minimal 5p charge on plastic bags.”