RSPB Bempton Cliffs is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 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 £48 million to over 13,000 local community projects.
Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed RSPB Bempton Cliffs has been awarded £4,000.
Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
The project at Bempton Cliffs will help children and their families to discover the wild world they live in with a space full of inspiring and educational activities. We are passionate about connecting children to nature, especially local children who we believe should value and have pride in their local wild spaces. The Discovery Shelter would provide youngsters, youth groups and other families visiting the reserve with their own special place to learn about the spectacular seabirds here as well as wider environmental conservation.
Sarah Aitken, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, said:
“This is a real windfall for us that will make a big difference to how we tell the story of the seabirds and wildlife that make their home on the cliffs. It’s truly heartening that so many people care enough about wildlife and the importance of connecting children to their natural environment that they voted for us.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the shoppers in Tesco’s Bridlington store who supported our cause. As a charity, to quote a phrase, every little helps – but this amount of money will make a massive difference to our work.’
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 January and February 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.
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK 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.