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October 2016         

LAKELANDS HOSPICE calls out for votes to bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

Lakelands Hospice 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.

Lakelands Hospice is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Lakelands Community Legacy Garden Project

Lakelands Hospice are thrilled have been selected to receive a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help and Groundworks towards our Lakelands Community Legacy Garden Project. We plan on using the grant to make the hospice gardens accessible to all patients, carers and visitors by installing a pathway to the end of the garden with a turning point for wheelchair users. Increasing the safety and access to open spaces for our patients is important to us. The benefits of fresh air for our patients include, good for digestion, improves blood pressure and heart rate, makes you happier, strengthens immune system, cleans lungs and energy levels and a sharper mind.  With the additional funds if we receive the most votes we plan to install a water feature for the Legacy Garden as it has been proven that the sound of water alleviates stress.  For patients living with and coping with having a life limiting illness this would be hugely beneficial. The extra funds would also enable us to become more environmentally friendly by recycling grass and bush waste. 

Voting is open in stores from 31st October to 13th November. 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.” 

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