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Bags of Help from Tesco

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.

Bourne Westfield is one of the groups on the shortlist, seeking to fund ‘The Shakespeare for Schools project’.  This allows children to work with local secondary schools and perform Shakespeare in a professional theatre alongside professional actors. Arts Director, Becky Beavis commented, “This is a true Bourne school’s community performance, which brings together and showcases the talent within our town.

This project will enable our children to take huge leaps forward in terms of personal growth and confidence and for some it will be the opening of a door of opportunity, creativity and unchallenged talent.”

Voting is open in all Tesco 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 at either the main Tesco store on Cherry Holt Road, or Tesco Express on North Street Bourne and Matmore Gate in Spalding.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 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.

Alec Brown, 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 these come to life in hundreds of communities.”  Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, added: “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.