Bosco House has been chosen as one of three projects to go forward this month to the public vote in the Tesco/Groundwork ‘Bags of Help’ fund.
The fund was set up by Tesco earlier this year following the 5p charge that was imposed on plastic shopping bags. But instead of just pocketing the cash, Tesco decided to put all those 5p’s to good use and help out local community groups. Bosco submitted an application last month for garden equipment and have been chosen, alongside two other local projects, to enter the customer vote.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Tesco customers will now vote in store from the 1st to the 31st of December on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction (but with a bit of charm and persuasion at the checkout you can get more!) and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Near the store exit you will see a stand where you can deposit the tokens for the project of your choice. The project with the most tokens/votes gets £5,000; second gets £2,000; and third gets £1,000.
The participating Tesco stores are:
• Old Swan
• Deysbrook Barracks
• Longmoor Lane, Liverpool (Express)
• Crosby Road (Express)
• Queens Drive, Liverpool (Express)
• Old Roan (Express)
• Walton, Liverpool (Metro)
• Coronation Road, Crosby (Express)
• Princes Road, Liverpool (Express)
• Mill Lane, Liverpool (Express)
• Fazakerley Longmoor Lane (Express)
• Thornton (Express)
To find out more, go to Bags of Help website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
Bosco garden volunteer, Linda Van Nooijen said: “This is a great idea. Even if we come third we’ll get a grand – and that will pay for a poly-tunnel where we can grow all kinds, like tomatoes, melons, chillies, you name it!”
The voting is open until 31st of December, so get down to your local Tesco, get a fistful of tokens, and vote for Bosco! Merry Xmas!!