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Health projects set for funding boost thanks to Tesco Bags of Help scheme

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Health related projects across the UK could receive a funding boost thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket’s funding scheme – that’s delivered with Groundwork working with greenspace scotland to support projects in Scotland – sees charities and community groups awarded grants of up to £4,000 raised from the 5p bag levy.

Bags of Help has already delivered more than £28.5million to more than 4000 projects across the UK.

The scheme was previously only open to outdoor projects but the supermarket has recently opened up the criteria to accommodate all projects that bring benefit to the local community. 

RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health), based in Paisley, Renfrewshire recently received Bags of Help funding.

The charity’s Wellbeing Gardening Group benefited from the second round of the campaign. The funds will be used to develop its ecotherapy service across three garden spaces.

RAMH Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said: “Ecotherapy is a crucial approach to recovery as it involves both creativity and physical activity, and we’ve seen that people who take part in our gardening groups really feel the benefits of being outdoors and nurturing and growing living plants.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Tesco and to everyone who voted. This money is life-changing and will have a very positive impact on all our service users. I would advise other groups to seriously consider applying for funding through this fantastic scheme.”

RAMH has been delivering mental health services across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire for more than 25 years, and now supports more than 4000 people every year.

Other health projects to have received Bags of Help funding include:

  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust will use the funding for its Dementia-friendly memorial garden
  • St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston will use the funding to develop a woodland walk
  • The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales will use the funding to develop a Dementia sensory garden
  • Caversham Group Practice in London will use the funding to develop its listening space

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “At Tesco we’re committed to helping our customers, colleagues and communities live healthier lives, and it’s great that Bags of Help is playing a part in this by supporting many projects that improve health and wellbeing.

“The great thing about Bags of Help is that these projects are nominated and voted for by people in the local community.

“We’re hugely excited for the future as the scheme continues to grow and help even more groups across the UK.”

Tesco customers are able to vote for their favourite Bags of Help project in store using a blue token given to them at the check-out each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/





  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
  • Groundwork is working with greenspace scotland to support Scottish communities.
  • For more information please visit: tesco.com/bagsofhelp/