Bags of Help for communities

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Seagull Trust Cruises in Kirkintilloch is one of numerous community groups which is in line to benefit from money realised from the 5p levy on carrier bags at Tesco.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative which will see grants of £8000, £10,000 and £12,000 being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

This month, shoppers are being invited to vote in Tesco stores for who they believe should take away each of the three amounts.

The groups to benefit from the Tesco grant in the Cumbernauld and East Dunbartonshire region are Redburn School, Seagull Trust Cruises (Kirkintilloch) and Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland).

Voting is open from September 26 to October 9. Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tony McElroy who is Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success. In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000, a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.

“We are already seeing results with some groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas and are absolutely delighted to be opening voting for round two.

“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life with Bags of Help grants.”