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QPR Trust wins Tesco’s community grant scheme

QPR Trust is delighted to announce it has received £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £63 million to over 20,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed QPR in the Community Trust has been awarded £2,000.

Work will now begin on bringing a project called 'Healthy R’s to life'. This will be a three-hour session run every other Saturday for the next 10 weeks. Each week there will be one hour of physical activity (this will mainly be fun games and multi-sports to ensure that all the family can take part) followed by two hours of practical cooking. Some of the healthy recipes include Beef Stroganoff, Spinach Daal and Thai Curry.

Sinead Friel, who is the QPR Trust Health Manager, expressed her delight at being awarded the financial donation.

“It’s fantastic to have been given this grant from Tesco. It will go towards helping many local families get healthier," she said.

Whilst Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding. 

“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," said Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s National Chief Executive.

“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. Click HERE to find out more.