Support Braintree Primary Schools - Tesco Bags of Help Voting Open

Support Beckers Green Primary School, Lyons Hall Primary School and John Bunyan Primary School and Nursery - voting ends 31st August!

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being 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.

‘Cook Well Live Well’ clubs - Braintree is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The funding is for ‘Cook Well Live Well’ clubs at Beckers Green Primary School, Lyons Hall Primary School and John Bunyan Primary School and Nursery and a local Family Hub.

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health & Communities said: “Eating well plays an important role in maintaining good health. Good nutrition is important for most bodily functions, including growth, repair and digestion. A healthy diet has also shown to prevent a number of diseases, including heart disease, obesity and certain cancers too.  The ‘Cook Well Live Well’ clubs, part of Braintree’s Livewell Child project, will give children the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook healthy, low cost meals from scratch.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Please support your local schools!

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £30 million to more than 4,600 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.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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