Local community charity ASCEND, based in South Oxhey, is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
ASCENDs Paths for Growth Project at the Dig Deep Garden Project is one of the groups on the local shortlist. The project is about improving the access arrangements on the half acre site eg. levelling paths and making raised beds for wheelchair based clients, changing bed layouts to include sensory and wildlife planting etc.
Christine Wyard, Project Director at ASCEND commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen to receive an award and would like to encourage everyone to vote for us. Our Dig Deep project has already changed a derelict site into an amazing horticultural oasis to include vegetable and flower beds, a dew pond- attracting lots of wildlife and not forgetting our composting loo! This funding would help us to give access to so many more people, helping them to improve their wellbeing in an outdoor environment.”
Voting is open in stores from 2 January to 28 January. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Stores supporting ASCEND are:-
South Oxhey Express WD19 6EG
Harcourt Road, Bushey Express WD23 3PP
Bushey Heath Express WD23 1EL
Watford Whippendell Express WD18 7NB
Watford Extra WD17 2BD
Watford, 114 High Street Express WD17 2BJ
Watford, St Albans Road Express WD24 4AU
Watford, Langley Express WD17 4BU
Leavesden Watford Express WD5 0BT
Watling Radlett Express WD7 7LA
Borehamwood Extra WD6 1JG
Shenley Express WD7 9AA
Rickmansworth Express WD3 4PW
Rickmansworth WD3 1LX
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each 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 January. 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.”
The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/
NOTES TO EDITORS:
· The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.
· So far Bags of Help has awarded over £24 million to 2,421 local community projects.
· For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
· ASCEND is a charity (no 1073909) based in South Oxhey and supports people to move forward in their lives, in particular with wellbeing projects. For more information please visit www.ascend.org.uk