Bags of Help Scheme

Posted by Simon Beckman (Comms) on 23 October 2017

Northwich Centurions Swimming Club are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to fund the annual gala for 12 local primary schools that provides an excellent opportunity for children of any swimming ability to enjoy competitive swimming in a fun and encouraging way. We hope to achieve:

1. Promoting swimming as a great way to keep fit, making friends and having fun
2. Introducing children to the enjoyment to be had from
competitivesport andteam work
3. Helping to promote the importance of an active lifestyle
4. Encouraging children to join a club like Northwich Centurions

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 - being 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.
Northwich Centurions are one of the groups on the shortlist.
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout November and December. 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 £36 million to nearly 8,000 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 November and December. 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

The following Tesco stores are taking part in voting on our project during November and December:

 Northwich Superstore CW9 5LY
 Northwich Chester Road Express CW8 1HA
 Northwich Regency Express Kingsmead Square CW9 8UW
 Weaverham Express CW8 3EU
 Winsford Delamere Express CW7 2RD

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

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