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Cosgarne Hall calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Cosgarne Hall is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, 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 Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Cosgarne Hall is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Their project, ‘Cosgarne in Bloom’ is all about involving residents and volunteers in the environment and outdoors, with a range of training and education, community projects and excursions to local places of interest to inspire connection and ownership.
Kate Heath from Cosgarne Hall said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted and are very grateful for this opportunity offered by Tesco and Groundwork, who do fantastic work in the local community. We support homeless people to gain self-worth and independence and grants really help us to make a difference. Connection with the environment, community projects and learning new skills help to foster independence among our residents. We are excited to see how the voting goes and invite any potential voters and volunteers to come and visit us.” Contact Kate on kate@harbourhousing.com
Voting is open in the Tesco Express Store, Tregonissey Road, St Austell PL25 4DL and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £52 million to more than 16,000 projects up and down the UK. 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 the UK 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.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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