Grove Cottage – the home of Bishop’s Stortford Mencap, is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork for its upcoming Community Funding Scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores, awarded to local community projects. Three groups in each 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.
Rosie Wren, Fundraising Manager at Grove Cottage said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the projects shortlisted for the public vote and if successful the grant will be used to help fund our ‘Weekend Clubs’ for children and young people with learning disabilities. Our Weekend Clubs provide a vital opportunity for our members, who are at a higher risk of being socially isolated, to socialise and have fun in a friendly and supportive environment. The clubs also provide much needed respite to families and carers. We’d really appreciate your support so please do remember to vote for us in store. You can follow the initiative on Twitter by following #BagsofHelp.”
Tesco customers will be able to vote for Grove Cottage in the Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted Tesco stores (including Express stores) from Friday 1st March to Tuesday 30th April. Customers can cast their vote using a blue token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”