Hertsmere Mencap 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.

Hertsmere Mencap is one of the groups on the shortlist. The money they raise will go towards a drama workshop for adults with a learning disability to improve their confidence, make new friends and have lots of fun at the same time.

Paul Moser, Chair of Hertsmere Mencap said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen to take part in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Borehamwood is at the hub of our charity and our members are all local. It means the world to us to know that we have the support of our community to improve the health and wellbeing of our members with a learning disability, many of whom rely on our daily activities to lead them away from isolation and loneliness.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores from Tuesday 1st January 2019 to Thursday 28th February 2019

[insert month] and 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 £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. 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:

“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.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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.

  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £63 million to over 20,000 community projects.
  • For more information please visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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