Care for Veterans 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.
Care for Veterans is one of the groups on the shortlist.
For disabled veterans at Care for Veterans, the facility is their home whilst they are living there. It is important that the charity provides an attractive, safe and interactive environment for them, both inside and outside the building. This project will create a relaxing, beautiful and stimulating outdoor environment for disabled veterans, many of whom have a brain injury or degenerative condition. This will include those who are permanent residents, those there for respite care and rehabilitation, and those on end of life care.
The project will also establish an area that is wheelchair accessible and disability friendly, where veterans can grow fresh fruit and vegetables to eat. Veterans will also grow their own flowers to be used in a sensory area, where sight and smell improves emotional well-being. Involvement in the garden project will help with their rehabilitation by encouraging them to be active in the outdoor environment, promoting better health, quality of life and morale.
The project will also create more volunteering opportunities for the local community at Care for Veterans.
Christine Gillott, Fundraising Officer at Care for Veterans, said: “We are extremely grateful to Tesco for nominating us for their Bags of Help project. Here, we focus on a multi-disciplinary approach in caring for our veterans, so that they have the best chance at rehabilitation. It is extremely important that they have access to a range of activities which will help them learn new skills, re-learn old ones, and improve their mobility, decision-making and social skills.
“We kindly ask that if you shop in any local Tesco over the next couple of months, please drop your blue token in the Care for Veterans box. Thank you.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout May and June. 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 £43 million to more than 10,000 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: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. 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: “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.”
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.