Wargrave CE Primary School is delighted to announce that it has bagged first prize 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 £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Wargrave CE Primary School has been awarded £1886.
Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
The Newton-le-Willows school is now able to proceed with its new project ‘Wargrave Community Growing Together’ which will see a polytunnel set up to enable the children to grow their own fruit and vegetables, to learn about the nutrients in each item, cook and taste them. Wargrave Primary School intend to also grow flowers and then sell both vegetables and flowers to the community.
Lynn Dove, School Business Manager, said “We are very excited and proud to be the winners of this fantastic scheme which will give our children the opportunity to grow vegetables and plants from seed in a fabulous new polytunnel. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.”
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 the UK 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
Photo – Year 4 Wargrave pupils, pictured with their teacher Miss Ellie Burrowes, celebrate the news that their school has been awarded first prize from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.