Oriel High School is delighted to announce it has bagged £4000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £63 million to over 20,000 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Oriel High School has been awarded the maximum grant of £4000.
Work will now begin on bringing the Community Garden Regeneration project to life.
Ryan Sallows, Business Manager at the school said:
“The work behind the scenes by staff to get this bid off the ground has been exceptional. We are very grateful to students, their families and members of the local community who voted in numbers for us in our local Tesco store. To win the local vote and awarded the maximum grant is brilliant news. This grant will make a big difference to our garden area”.
Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”
Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.
Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
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.
For further information please contact:
Katie Jordan, Community Outreach Coordinator