Island communities bag Tesco funding

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Tesco customers have voted in their millions and helped good causes in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar from its £11.5m carrier bag charge fund.

The supermarket teamed up with greenspace scotland to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

The final three winners in the Western Isles are Sgoil nan Loch, Outdoor Oasis who will receive £12,000, Pairc Community Council, Playpark – £10,000 and Bernera Community Garden, Bernera Food Project – £8,000.

The groups will now use their award to bring their projects to life and transform their community.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Applications for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Voting ran in stores from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which local project they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores up and down the UK.

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Co-ordinator at greenspace scotland, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help initiative.

“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.

“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, grow food, be active, play or simply relax.”

Applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18, for more details log on to: website