South Shields Tesco customers urged to help good causes

Tesco is looking for your vote for a choice of three good causes.
Tesco is looking for your vote for a choice of three good causes.

Customers of supermarket giant Tesco in South Shields are being invited to help community groups and good causes bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund.

The firm has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects across the country.

This month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they believe should take away the top grant.

The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in South Shields are: Friends of West Park, Park View Special School and Seaview School.

Voting is open in store from October 31 to November 13.

Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success.

“In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - that’s a massive £11.7million being invested into local projects.

“We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.

“We are absolutely delighted to be opening voting for round two and we hope that even more customers will choose to support groups that mean a lot to them and to their communities this time around.”

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.”