Shoppers can bag thousands for the good causes they choose - The Evesham Observer

Shoppers can bag thousands for the good causes they choose

Evesham Editorial 11th Oct, 2019   0

EVESHAM shoppers are being invited to cast their votes to help community projects in Worcestershire bag up to £25,000 this autumn.

The supermarket is marking its centenary with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with a huge £100,000 funding pot in Worcestershire. After a successful first round, customer voting will begin for the second raft of shortlisted groups in October.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

In Worcestershire, customers can cast their votes for shortlisted groups Scopes4SEN, St John’s Ambulance and Teens in Crisis (TIC+) using blue tokens handed out at checkouts. Grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 are up for grabs.

So far in Worcestershire Bags of Help has awarded £785,152 to 223 local projects. The funding will reach more than 30 regions during each round, with an incredible £3,300,000 up for grabs in total.

Keith Jackson, Tesco’s Bags of Help manager, said: “We have been celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers throughout 2019. And central to that have been our Centenary Grants, which aim to support groups and organisations who are helping to make a difference across Britain.

“We’re calling on our customers to vote in stores from October and show their support for these fantastic community causes.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “This is an exciting time for Bags of Help, with many more communities given the opportunity to apply for larger amounts of funding that can make a positive, long-lasting legacy where they live.”

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