Help hospice to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

John Taylor Hospice is bidding to bag a cash boost from a community funding scheme to help expand its complementary therapy services.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

John Taylor Hospice is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Funds from the scheme would be used to purchase new equipment and would enable the hospice’s complementary therapy services to expand. “We want to take our complementary therapies service out into the community,” explained Hospice Service Development Manager Gez Scandrett.

“We want to provide therapies such as reiki, acupuncture, massage and reflexology to people in their own home. People living with a terminal illness regularly tell us about the benefits of complementary therapies and how they improve well-being. Therapies can provide pain relief, aid restful sleep, boost self-esteem and relief tension and anxiety.

“By casting your vote for us you’ll be helping make a difference to the lives of many people in our local community.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores during March and April and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Stores where you can vote for John Taylor Hospice

  • Birmingham Road Sutton Express – B72 1QL
  • Erdington Esso Express – B23 5TW
  • Kingstanding Birmingham Express – B44 8PP
  • New Oscott Extra – B73 6RB
  • Streetly Birmingham Express – B74 3NA
  • Walsall Road Express – B74 4QY
  • Boldmere Road Express – B73 5UB
  • Whitehouse Common Road Esso Express – B75 6HD

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive Graham Duxbury said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

To find out more about the Bags of Help scheme visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp and for more about complementary therapies offered for patients and families at John Taylor Hospice please see our Care and Support pages.

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