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Old Cleeve calls out for votes to bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

Old Cleeve first school is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award.

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

Old Cleeve First School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Our project aims to develop the top grassed area in school to enable all year round use by our children.

“ I am very excited to be shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative and am increadibly please to be part of such a worthwhile cause. I can only see this project further strengthening our community links. Please vote for us to win the top prize in store!”

Dan Perry - Headteacher

Voting is open in stores from 26 September to 9 October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

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 £11.7 million 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 open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

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.

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”


Issued by Beattie The Creative Communications Group.

For further information please contact:

Kenny Angove 01698 787843 kenny.angove@onlybeattie.com

Claire Young 01698 787849 claire.young@onlybeattie.com


  • 1,248 organisations from Tesco’s 416 regions up and down the UK will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund.

  • The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags

  • More than 2,800 groups up and down the country applied for grants from the scheme. These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions

  • For more information please visit: http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp



Unfortunately, due to a shortage in voting equipment outside of Tesco and Groundwork’s control, it has become necessary to delay the customer voting until 31 October to 13 November (originally planned to take place 26 September to 9 October).

We have taken this step to ensure that all Tesco customers have the opportunity to vote and that every store is participating. As voting is delayed, this will regretfully mean that we will not be able to notify you of your grant award until the end of November. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we believe that delaying the public vote is the right course of action to take to ensure the vote’s fairness and transparency for all applicant groups concerned.