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Local community groups call out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

Monday, 27 March 2017

THREE local groups in Hastings and Bexhill are 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.

The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in Hastings and Bexhill are:

Netherfield C of E Primary School PTFA will use the money raised to install a running track so the children can run, walk and smile doing a Daily Mile.

Burghwood Residents Association, a rural Sheltered Scheme in Sussex, will use the grant to remove very steep garden steps and replace them with a winding path which would allow access for all residents, whatever their mobility.

Sandhurst Primary School, would like a year-round quiet sensory garden and wildlife haven to promote health and wellbeing for their children.

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



  • 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 £27 million to more than 3,500 community projects.
  • Stores taking part are below:

Bexhill – TN40 2JS

Battle Express – TN33 0BN

Bexhill Express – TN39 4SL

Fernside St Leonards Express – TN38 0UU

Tenterden – TN30 7LN

Hastings Little Ridge Ave – TN37 7LR

Hastings Extra – TN38 9RB

Bexhill Express – TN39 4SL

  • For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp