Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.
To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.
Three groups in each 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.
Chestnut Tree House is one of the groups on the shortlist in East and West Sussex.
The development of play and activities is essential to children’s well-being, emotional expression and learning. This is already well-recognised by Chestnut Tree House, and the activities team plays a vital role in providing care and support to children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families. The Tesco grant will enable the charity to employ an activities coordinator to devise a new programme of fun, play and outdoor activities to improve learning opportunities for life-limited children across Sussex.
Sarah Colbourne, Head of Fundraising at Chestnut Tree House said: “We currently care for around 300 children and young people with life-shortening conditions, and their families, across Sussex and South East Hampshire. We know how much activities benefit children’s well-being and learning and are keen to evolve our activities programme, both at the House and out in the community.
“This grant will be a real boost to these plans, enabling us to employ an activities coordinator tasked with the development and delivery of an exciting and interactive programme of events and activities. We really hope our supporters get behind us this summer and vote for Chestnut Tree House when they’re next shopping in Tesco!”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July and August 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 provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. 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 contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain 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.
Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire, both at the hospice and in families’ own homes. The cost of providing this service is over £3.9 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 6% central government funding so relies on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to local children and families.