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Bags of Help donates £10m to community groups across Scotland

A landmark £10million has been donated to community groups across Scotland through Tesco’s flagship Bags of Help scheme.

Working in partnership with greenspace scotland, the supermarket has delivered funding to more than 3,500 community projects across the country since the scheme launched in 2015.   

Projects are voted for by customers in more than 200 Scottish stores using blue tokens handed out checkouts, with funding supporting a range of initiatives, from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to purchasing new equipment, training coaches and volunteers, and hosting community events.

To date, more than 1,800 Scottish projects have received funding for outdoor initiatives, while a third of all recipients have a health and wellbeing focus.

Shettleston Community Growing Project in Glasgow recently received a £4,000 Bags of Help grant. Kenny McCubbin, the project’s coordinator, said: “We have been working tirelessly for the last decade to provide our free service to the people of Shettleston, reclaiming the forgotten art of growing flowers and food together.

“We offer something for everyone, from our Smelly Welly Club for kids, to volunteering opportunities for adults.

“Thanks to our recent £4,000 Bags of Help grant, we are able to invest further in our community wildlife garden and children’s club this year, as well as fund a well-deserved trip for our team of dedicated local volunteers.”

Tony McElroy, head of communications for Tesco in Scotland, said:

“Bags of Help has reached a huge milestone here in Scotland and we’re proud that these grants have supported so many wonderful projects, working hard to make our communities better. Every little really does help.  

“Bags of Help provides a fantastic opportunity for local groups to bag the funding they need to carry out their wish list projects and we look forward to helping many more groups realise their ambitions.”

Emma Halliday of greenspace scotland, said:

“We are so delighted that Bags of Help has reached the impressive milestone of £10 million of funding to help communities across Scotland. It’s great to see the significant scale from Stornoway to Stranraer, and the impact the programme has on reaching communities that need funds to make where they live a better place to be.

“Since the initiative started, we have seen some amazing projects come to fruition and, being locally led and delivered, Shettleston Community Growing Project demonstrates this so well.”

In 2019, Tesco is marking its centenary year with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with £500,000 up for grabs in Scotland.

Find out more about Bags of Help at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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