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The Hive in Shrewsbury calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Charity organisation, the Hive in Shrewsbury 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.

The Hive in Shrewsbury is one of the groups on the shortlist and is hoping to raise funds for the project “The Back Door: Rhythm & Drum” which is a music and song-writing workshop working with young people who struggle to engage in their local communities. The workshop’s aim is to help the young people build confidence, expression, self-esteem and increase their music skills in a relaxed and fun setting!

Projects and Programmes Manager, Sal Hampson said: “Workshops like these can have a huge effect on young people – especially at a time when funding everywhere is being cut. These workshops, run in local community centres, can inspire and make young people feel good about themselves.” 

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.

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 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, 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.”

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.