Rennie Grove Hospice Care is bidding to bag a generous cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in its branches in and around St Albans.
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 Grove House Day Hospice Garden Restoration initiative has been shortlisted locally.
Jane Foy, Head of Philanthropy and Trust Fundraising at Rennie Grove said, “Our Grove House garden restoration initiative was developed after land that Rennie Grove had leased from the adjacent local hospital for over twenty years for car parking had to be returned to the hospital due to their own parking pressures. However parking at Grove House for day service patients, staff and volunteers is also very necessary so unfortunately the there was no choice but to use part of the garden for a new parking area. The construction resulted in a large, barren and unsightly area of the remaining garden and the formerly peaceful and private setting has now been quite severely compromised. The garden, which is beautifully cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers, is an important aspect of the holistic care provided at Grove House and is used by patients to discuss their thoughts with a counsellor, receive therapy or chat with fellow patients, nurses, family and friends. The garden is also used for outdoor events.
“A grant will permit the replanting of this area ensuring privacy for our treatment rooms and restoring the garden to a tranquil space for our patients and their families living with life-limiting illness.
“We are really pleased to have been shortlisted to receive one of the Tesco Bags of Help awards. We rely on donations to raise the £20,000 each day 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 from 9 November to 31 December:
- Harpenden Luton Road Express, 95-101 Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 3BB
- Harpenden Esso Express, Lower Luton Road, Batford, Harpenden AL5 5AL
- St Albans Jersey Farm Express, St Brelades Place, Jersey Farm Estate, St Albans AL4 9RG
- Colney Express, 196-198 High St, London Colney AL2 1JQ
- St Albans Beech Road Express, 26-30 Beech Road, St Albans AL3 5AS
- St Albans Hatfield Road Express, 95-97 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4JL
- St Albans Metro, 33-39 St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3EB
- Wheathampstead Express, 19-21 High Street, Wheathampstead AL4 8BB
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.