Foundation Calls Out For Votes To Bag A Share Of Bag Charge Fund
Newcastle United Foundation 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 – 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.
Newcastle United Foundation’s Football for All is one of the projects on the shortlist.
Any funds raised will go towards providing kit and equipment to our Disability programmes, which offer free specialised weekly football coaching sessions. Our Disability football teams include Cerebral Palsy, Visually Impaired, Power Chair, Deaf, Downs Syndrome, Amputee and Pan Disability.
Sarah Medcalf, Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Tesco for including us in the shortlist of their Bags of Help initiative. We hope that particpants, supporters and the Toon Army will show their support by voting for us every time they shop at Tesco. The grant will allow us to purchase more equipment to help support these vital sessions.”
Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Stores where a vote for Newcastle United Foundation is eligible are listed below:
CHIL RD NEWCSTL EXP NE6 5LL
GOSFORTH NEWCSTLE EXP NE3 3BQ
JESMOND METRO NE2 2DJ
N/CASTLE B/TON RD EXP NE7 7EW
Newcastle NE3 2FP
NEWCASTLE BARRACK RD NE14 BT
NEWCASTLE CHAPEL EXP NE5 1DR
NEWCASTLE ELDON METRO NE1 5PU
NEWCASTLE SHLDFLD EXP NE2 1TB
NEWCASTLE U TYNE EXP NE1 4PW
NEWCASTLE WEST RD EXP NE15 6PQ
NWSCTL UPN TYN SV EXP NE1 8JE
QUAYSIDE NEWCASTL EXP NE1 2HF
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 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.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, added:
“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 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
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