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April 18, 2018
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. SFCS are thrilled to be one of the charities chosen in this area and hope that shoppers at Tesco stores will vote for them.
Leanne Sinclair, the Fundraising Officer at SFCS said: “The children we place into adoptive families have had a difficult start in life and have experienced what no child should. We offer life-long support to these children and are here for our adoptive families whenever they are in need.
“Like many charities, SFCS relies on our supporters and so we are absolutely thrilled to be in partnership with Tesco. By voting for us, you can make a real difference to vulnerable children and their adoptive families.”
SFCS will use the funds to provide therapeutic support sessions to adopted children, which are available to anyone who has adopted through the charity, whether recently or years ago. These sessions can be life-changing for a child, supporting their development and enabling them to bond with their adoptive families and to reach their full potential.
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a blue token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. You can vote for St. Francis’ Children’s Society at the following stores:
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 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: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. 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: “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.”
If you find yourself in one of the above-mentioned branches of Tesco over the next two months, we hope you’ll be able to give us your support. Thank you!