Albany Academy is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Albany Academy is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The school has been nominated to receive funding towards the schools plans for a Harry Grimshaw Memorial. The grant will be a huge benefit to the school as they look to create spaces within the school for people to remember Harry and other loved ones who have passed away. Harry, 15, was a much loved student who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2016. The school plan to install permanent memorial benches to Harry and a memorial garden that can be used by the wider community as a quiet space to reflect and remember those who have lost their lives. If Albany are successful in the vote they will join forces with Tesco and Groundworks to create a lasting legacy to Harry at the school.
Peter Mayland, Headteacher at Albany Academy said, “Harry was an inspirational figure at our school. He was a kind and delightful young man, who when coping with his cancer and the necessary treatments, always remained cheerful and generous. He was a determined fund raiser and even when very ill would still attend and lead charitable functions. Being involved in the Bags of Help project would have appealed to him greatly. This year he should have been sitting his GCSE exams and this project will be a fitting memorial for him within the school.”
Voting is open in stores from 1 February to 25 February. 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 £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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.”
The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/
People can vote in the following eligible stores.
CHORLEY EXTRA PR7 1NW
CHORLEY EXTRA PR7 1NW
LEYLAND EXTRA PR25 2FN
PRESTON FULWOOD EXP PR2 9PS
RIBBLETON PRESTON EXPPR2 6RJ
EARNSHAW BRIDGE EXP PR25 1XD
BLACKPL RD PRESTN EXP PR2 1XJ
PRESTON CHURCH ST EXPPR1 3BQ
LEYLAND EXP PR25 5TU
CHORLEY BUCKSHAW PR7 7EL
TLKTH MIL PRESTON EXP PR2 2BT
PRESTON FRIARGATE EXP PR1 2LD
LEYLAND CANBER RD EXPPR25 3ET
ADLINGTON EXP PR6 9LQ