Bags of help in store, so vote now!
SHOPPERS at Tesco are being invited to help community groups and good causes bag a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund.
The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and community projects in Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and all across the UK.
And now, shoppers are being urged to visit their local store to vote for who should take away which grant award.
The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in Kettering are: Weekley and Warkton Cricket Club, Kettering Borough Council and Keystone Youth Centre.
To benefit from the Tesco grant in Corby are: Corby Borough Council for the Rose Avenue Play Area, the Stories of the Follie and the Wharfedale Play Area Upgrade.
To benefit in Wellingborough are: Rockingham Forest Trust, Glamis Hall for All and St Lawrence Parents and Teachers Association.
Vote in store until Sunday, March 6 using a token given at the check-out.
Caroline Silke, head of community at Tesco, said: “The money raised by customers through the carrier bag levy will go directly to the local community through our Bags of Help initiative. We’re really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote in Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby and these great local projects coming to life.”
The bag charge was introduced in England on October 5, having already raised millions for good causes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury said: “Bags of Help is a fantastic initiative which will make a real difference to the communities it helps.
“The number of nominations and applications for grants has been incredible. The final three were chosen by panels of experts who live and work in each of the Tesco stores and regions. This initiative really is putting back into the local environment, helping the community at a grass-roots level.”
Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in April. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by local people.
Pictured – EVERY LITTLE HELPS: The 5p levy on plastic bags has generated funds being shared by Tesco among local good causes.