First round winners of Bags of Help Centenary Grants

This year marks 100 years of Great Value at Tesco – great value in Tesco prices, but also in the value Tesco helps add to local communities. In England, Scotland and Wales, to celebrate Tesco’s Centenary year, is the launch of Tesco’s Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

The first of these two special Bags of Help rounds of voting took place over July, August and September, with customer votes determining which of three regional charities received grants of up to £25,000 (first place) , £15,000 (second place) and £10,000 (third place). The first round of voting focussed on projects that deliver health and wellbeing benefits, particularly those which have a link to cancer, diabetes and heart disease, in line with our Health Charity Partnership.

In Scotland, Maggie’s in Dundee have been awarded first place and a £25,000 boost. Maggie’s provide professional support to those diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Lesley Howells, Centre Head at Maggie’s Dundee, said:

“We are so grateful to Tesco for their support and to everyone who took the time to vote.  We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to support people to live well with cancer.  Our Cancer Support Specialists are at the heart of this, being on hand to give anyone who walks through our door a warm welcome, a willing ear and a wealth of expertise to allow them to manage their own personal challenges.”

Further south, Cancer Research UK were voted for by customers in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire to receive £25,000. Their funding will be put toward improving prevention and early diagnosis of cancer by providing free locally-tailored support to GPs and healthcare professionals across the three counties.

Groundwork and Tesco colleagues met the Cancer Research team in Welwyn Garden City to present the cheque, with Tesco Bags of Help Co-ordinator Fin Watkinson saying:

“Meeting the Cancer Research volunteers was an amazing opportunity to get an insight in to their work. We’re very proud of Bags of Help, which has supported over 27,000 local projects so far with more than £80 million funding. The Bags of Help Centenary Grants rounds are allowing us to offer larger grants to regional organisations and meeting the team has been an amazing opportunity to learn of the impact this money will have.”

In North Wales, the Wales Air Ambulance are celebrating their £10,000 boost, which will be put towards providing fast, critical care to those who are injured.

Lynne Garlick, North Wales Fundraising Manager, said:

“We are over the moon to be awarded this incredibly generous amount. Throughout late summer and autumn, we kindly asked the people of North Wales to vote for us whilst they were grocery shopping at their local Tesco. The unwavering support of the people across North Wales has helped us secure this amazing sum of money. We cannot begin to thank everyone who voted for us and also Tesco for their incredible support.

“In 2018 alone, Wales Air Ambulance responded to over 1,100 missions across North and Mid Wales, accounting for almost 50% of the total number of missions we attended that year. Having the support of the shoppers across North Wales has ensured we are able to be there for people when they need us most.”

The second voting round of Bags of Help Centenary Grants is taking place now until the end of December, so make sure to grab a blue token and cast your vote the next time you shop in store.

The Tesco Centenary Fund – Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, the Tesco Centenary Fund has announced their results with three charities sharing a £100,000 funding pot. Voting took place in July, August and September with customers using blue tokens handed out at checkouts, dropped into voting units on exit of the store to decide which charity received top prize of £50,000.

Receiving first place and £50,000 funding, Northern Ireland Hospice support those infants, children, and adults with life-limiting conditions, enriching their quality of life. Heather Weir, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Hospice, says the hospice are “delighted” with the win:  

“On behalf of all our patients and families, I would like to say thank you for this extraordinary gift. It is through the good will and support of every single shopper who voted for Northern Ireland Hospice in Tesco stores that this has been made possible. Northern Ireland Hospice provides specialised palliative care for infants, children and adults diagnosed with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. This grant will fund our ‘Wellbeing for Life’ programme, which shall make a huge difference to those who depend on our services.”

In second place, Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI has been awarded £30,000 for ‘The Myeloid Blood Cancer Initiative’, using genomic technology to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and patient outcomes. In third place, Aware’s funding of £20,000 will be put towards providing children and young people with the tools and skills they need to have good mental health, resilience and the ability to deal with problems in their lives.

Stephen Cochrane, Tesco’s Store Director in Northern Ireland, said:

“Congratulations to the recipients of our first Tesco Centenary Fund voting round. They are all worthy winners and we hope these awards help them continue their important work in our communities. In 2019, we are celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers. And what better way to celebrate this occasion than by giving back to the groups and organisations who are helping to make a difference across Northern Ireland.”

The Tesco Centenary Fund will finish with its second round of voting at the end of December, so make sure to grab a blue token and cast your vote the next time you shop in store. Another £100,000 is available for the three charities to share, with first place receiving £50,000, second place £30,000 and third place £20,000.


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