Blackburn Rovers Community Trust is 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 £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores 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.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist. The potential funding will help renovate two changing rooms in the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre to host a new education programme for adults between the ages of 16-25, which will be launched in September 2018.
Head of secondary and further education David Hayhurst, who is the driving force behind the new programme said: “This is a fantastic initiative by Tesco and we are over the moon to be involved.
“We hope the whole community will get behind our bid as we look to redevelop our facilities in order to benefit adults, aged 16-25, in the local area who are out of work and need support to find employment.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July and August and 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 £52 million to more than 16,000 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: “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. 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, 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.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust will be in the following stores...
Tesco Express, Bank Top, Blackburn, BB2 1TN
Tesco Express, Livesey Branch Road, BB2 5AY
Tesco Express, Roe Lee, BB1 9AX
Tesco Superstore, Hill Street, BB1 3HF