£8,000 awarded in Tesco 'Bags of Help' initiative
Page last updated at 29 November 2016 at 16:06
Eastleigh Borough Council is delighted to announce it has bagged £8,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.
Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that Coronation Parade in Hamble has been awarded £8,000. Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
Coronation Parade will now benefit from a number of exciting improvements to this small shopping area. Our successful bid will provide funds to augment the council’s plans to resurface the area in front of the shops, redesign the steps to include tree planting and improve paving and parking. The aim is to give more prominence to the Parade which serves as a gateway to Hamble village.
Chair of Bursledon, Hamble & Hound Local Area Committee Cllr Tonia Craig said, “I’m delighted that Coronation Parade has received this money from Tesco’s funding scheme that will help make a difference in our community." She added, “We will be able to transform this area and re-invigorate our local shopping parade in this part of Hamble Village.”
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. “We've been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”
Voting ran in stores from 31 October to 13 November – with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store. Tesco estimates that around six million votes were cast in stores up and down the UK.
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future. The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit." He added, “It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.”
Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp