We have some very exciting news to share with you – Jessie May has been shortlisted for the Tesco Bags of Help community funding scheme!
We’re thrilled to announce we’re in the customer vote for a Bags of Help grant from Tesco. It’s a fantastic scheme which gives community projects and charities like us grants of up to £4,000!
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch this community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales awarded to local community projects.
Where can you vote?
You can vote for Jessie May in two stores in Nailsea (Stock Way North) and Portishead (West Hill), from Saturday September 1st up until Wednesday 31st October.
Our Community Fundraiser Helen Mackie said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this amazing opportunity! Winning any of these grants would be an amazing boost for our charity, which relies heavily on funding like this to provide our services locally.
“Our nurses are currently providing care to many children in and around Bristol and North Somerset, so it’s particularly moving to have been chosen in both the Nailsea and Portishead stores, where we are supporting families locally.
“Now we’re just so excited to see what happens over the next few weeks! Please get voting for Jessie May and help us welcome further life-limited children to our ever-growing caseload, and continue to fund our incredible nurses who go above and beyond to support Jessie May families through respite care, emotional support, end of life care and bereavement support.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
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 Britain 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.”
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £56 million to more than 16,000 projects across Britain. 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.
Please support us in your local store! For more information about this initiative, click here.