Hand In Hand Activities CIC 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.

Hand In Hand Activities CIC is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Using the money to fund the purchase of a specialised trishaw and officially launch the Stockton on Tees Chapter of international project Cycling Without Age. Cycling Without Age aims to offer “wind in their hair” social opportunities to older people facing social isolation. Hand In Hand Activities CIC also want to offer the service to people living with dementia, care and nursing home residents, disabled people and carers.

Managing Director of Hand In Hand Activities CIC, Alison Watson-Shields, said:

“The ethos of Cycling Without Age is to offer a wind in their hair experience to older people but we want to open that opportunity up to as many people as possible and create a new community project that can benefit a wider population of Stockton on Tees and surrounding areas. We started our campaign to purchase a trishaw back in January 2018 and have made a small dent in the amount needed to launch our first trishaw. We hope that this fantastic opportunity with Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative will not only get us much closer to our fundraising target but also help to raise awareness of the project.”

Voting is open in all Stockton and Billingham Tesco stores in July and August and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

To keep up to date with the fundraising efforts for this particular project, you can ‘like’ the Cycling Without Age – Stockton on Tees Chapter Facebook page or follow @CWAStockton on Twitter.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 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:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. 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:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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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