06 November 2017

Votes to land share of bag fund

Rennie Grove's Supporting Hands initiative is bidding to bag a generous cash boostTesco 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 - being 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.  Rennie Grove’s Supporting Hands initiative has been shortlisted in the South Bucks region.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a charity providing care and support for patients in Herts and Bucks diagnosed with life-limiting illness. Our Supporting Hands initiative provides patients with a life-limiting illness and their carers with practical and emotional support, companionship and respite care in their homes and on trips out.

Andrea Lambert, who has responsibility for Family Support Services at Rennie Grove said, “We are really pleased that our Supporting Hands initiative has been shortlisted to receive one of the Tesco Bags of Help awards.  We rely on donations to raise 87% of the funds we need to run our service so would urge Tesco shoppers in participating stores to vote for Rennie Grove to offer vital support to patients and families in the local area.”

Voting opens in the following Tesco stores through November and December:

Bourne End Express

High Wycombe Hatters Lane Express

High Wycombe Superstore

High Wycombe Chapel Lane Express

High Wycombe London Road Express

High Wycombe New Express

High Wycombe Loudwater Superstore

High Wycombe Plomer Green Avenue Express

Stokenchurch Express

Wycombe North Express

Wycombe South Express

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 £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. 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, “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. 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:  “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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