Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Bereavement Support Service is bidding to bag a generous cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in its branches in and around High Wycombe.
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.
Rennie Grove provides specialist hospice at home nursing care and support for children and adults and their families in Bucks and Herts as well as a range of support services including day hospice care and clinics. It aims to give patients the choice to spend their last weeks and months at home.
Rennie Grove provides a range of family support services too and it is currently expanding its team of volunteer listening support visitors who support children and adults in Wycombe and South Bucks during a loved one's illness and after bereavement.
Jane Foy, Head of Philanthropy and Trust Fundraising at Rennie Grove said, “Dealing with grief is complex and every person is different. Our dedicated team help families prepare for the loss of a loved one, so that they are able to cope with the pain of losing someone close to them when the time comes. It’s crucial that we support families during a loved one’s illness and immediately after bereavement as research shows that the better this support is at the time, the less likely there are problems later on.
“For several years now a team of volunteers serve as Rennie Grove listening support visitors. The volunteers are recruited and selected for their potential to serve in this role and given special training for the work. Our nursing teams are receiving more and more referrals which means that more families than ever need our support.
“To help meet this increasing need our plan is to develop and expand our volunteer listening team and an award from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme will help us to recruit and train new volunteers.”
Voting is open until Thursday 28 February in the following Tesco stores:
- Bourne End Express, SL8 5SS
- High Wycombe Superstore, Newland Street, HP11 2BY
- High Wycombe Express,Chapel Lane, HP12 4BY
- High Wycombe Express, New Road, HP12 4RQ
- Loudwater Superstore, London Road, HP10 9RT
- Plomer Green Express, Plomer Green Lane, HP13 5UW
- Stokenchurch Express, Wycombe Road, HP14 3RN
- Wooburn Green Express, The Green, HP10 0EU
- Terriers North Esso Express, Amersham Road, HP13 5AP
- High Wycombe South Esso Express, Marlow Road, HP11 1TA
Customers can 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 January and February. 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.