*** WE'VE BEEN AWARDED £2,000 - THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT ***
Bushy Wood calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund
Bushy Wood 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 £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – 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.
Bushy Wood in Hailsham is one of the groups on the shortlist, with an exciting project to install a new covered outdoor classroom/stage, with seating and a campfire area, enabling groups of young people to enjoy educational outdoor activities in the 17 acre woodland site, supporting the activities of youth organisations such as Scouts and Guides, as well as local schools and forest schools involved in delivering the national curriculum.
Marc Fallon, Centre Manager at Bushy Wood, said:
"We are very grateful for this opportunity to gain funding for our project that will benefit thousands of local young people every year, it will be a great addition to our wonderful community facility, thanks in advance to everyone that supports us!"
Voting is open in stores throughout March and April. 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 £27 million to more than 3,500 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.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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
You can vote at these stores from Wednesday 1st March;
EASTBOURNE EXTRA (Lottbridge Drove) BN23 6QD
EASTBOURNE METRO (Langney Shopping Centre) BN23 7RT
PEVENSEY EXPRESS (Stone Cross) BN24 5DZ
POLEGATE EXPRESS (Polegate) BN26 5DD
TESCO EXPRESS (Seaside EB) BN22 7RH
TESCO EXPRESS (Grove Road EB) BN21 4UJ
TESCO EXPRESS (South Road, Hailsham) BN27 3JJ
TESCO SUPERSTORE (North Street, Hailsham) BN27 1DN
TESCO EXPRESS (Meads St EB) BN20 7RH
TESCO EXPRESS (Freshwater Sq, Willingdon) BN22 0PS
TESCO EXPRESS (Seaside Road EB) BN21 3PA
HAMPDEN PARK METRO (Brassey Avenue EB) BN22 9NG