Groups to receive carrier bag grants revealed

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Residents have had their say on where they think money raised through the 5p carrier bag charge should be donated.

Millions of Tesco customers from across the country voted to help good causes get a share of the £11.5 million raised so far since the carrier bag charge was introduced in October.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative to give away grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – to environmental and green space projects.

The final three winners in St Helens can now be revealed as Queen’s Park C.E/U.R.C Primary School who will receive £12,000, Thatto Heath Crusaders – £10,000 and Friends of Moss Lodge – £8,000.

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Voting ran in store from February 27 until March 6, with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores up and down the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.

“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.

“This is money which will go directly back into communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.