Leyton Orient Trust in partnership with residents from Whitechapel Health Centre are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region 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.
Leyton Orient Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist for their project ‘Get Going Together’.
The project aims to work in partnership with local residents, patients and the health centre staff from Whitechapel to provide 'have a go' sessions utilising the brand new outdoor gym built in the open park space next to the centre. It aims to teach people a range of activities and workouts to be able to do on the new equipment in a fun and friendly way.
We hope that by providing free weekly activity and training sessions we can maximise the use of the new equipment. It is hoped that this social element will again encourage more people to be physically active whilst making the equipment fully accessible to as many people as possible to support a happier and healthier community.
Phillip Smith, Head of Health and Wellbeing for Leyton Orient Trust, said: "We thank the Tesco bags of help scheme for recognising our project and supporting us to try and raise funds to deliver it, we hope to deliver a project to show that keeping fit and healthy doesn’t need to cost money and can be accessible for all. By empowering the local community we hope to see long term change and hope as many people as possible vote for our project to win to make this happen."
Voting is open in stores from February 1 to February 25. 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 £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: "We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. 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: "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.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.