Bobby Scheme bags funding!

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £2000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that the Bobby Scheme has been awarded £2000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The grant will help the scheme fit key safes at the homes of vulnerable, elderly and disabled people to allow them to remain in their own home. The key safe will allow carers to access the home and for hospitals to discharge patients quickly to stop bed blocking. Many older people are unable to purchase and have fitted a key safe and often leave their external doors unlocked, even at night! This leaves them very vulnerable and potential victims of crime. Fitting a key safe will improve the health, quality of life and safety of vulnerable adults and help them to remain independent.

“This is fantastic news. We are delighted to have received funding from Tesco’s Bag of Help initiative. It will really make a difference in our local community and help us support those who are most vulnerable”

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to 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 May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will 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 will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

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 http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

 

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