November 2017: Press Release
Muddy Boots bags £1000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme
Broadway Social Enterprise Project, Muddy Boots, is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Muddy Boots has been awarded £1000. Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
Muddy Boots is the therapeutic garden project of Broadway Social Enterprise. We provide a safe, welcoming space to learn new skills, to take advantage of a supportive quiet space or to volunteer and support the work of others and our project mission.
John Birkett, Chair of Broadway SocEnt said ‘…we are delighted with this award, and send a huge thank you to everyone who cast a vote for us. Brilliant. The money will help to sustain our garden and volunteers, and will contribute to our development plans in 2018. Thank you…’.
Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, 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. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”
Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
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.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Bags of Help is supported by money from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco.
So far Bags of Help has awarded over £40 million to more than 9,700 local community projects.
For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.