Tesco gives bags of support to good causes in Milton Keynes

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TESCO customers have voted in their millions to help good causes across the country, and Milton Keynes has bagged a share of the £12.5m carrier bag charge fund.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

The final results for Milton Keynes can now be revealed as Great Horwood Cricket Club £10000, Romans Field School £12000 and Woughton Community Council £8000.

The groups will now use their award to bring their projects to life and transform their community.

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success,” said Jessica Walker, Tesco Local Communications Manager.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community.

“We can’t wait to see the money being used to bring these projects to life.”

Starting tomorrow, customers will be able to vote for local groups all year round, every time they shop – meaning that thousands more projects will benefit from the scheme.

Funding will now be awarded to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their community, and money will be available in smaller amounts, making it more accessible.

Customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future. The scheme will be permanently open for applications and as grants can now be used for not just the development but also the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have a chance to benefit.

“It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp