Autism Together is delighted to announce it has bagged £4000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Voting ran in a number of Wirral’s Tesco stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.
Thanks to Wirral shoppers, the money will go towards funding our Christmas activities, including an autism-friendly Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas carol concert and Christmas markets at Thornton Hough Village Hall.
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 £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.
Rick Myers, fundraising manager at Autism Together, was amazed with the result. He said:
“We are so grateful to the members of the public who voted for our charity to receive the top grant. The money we receive will help towards a number of Christmas projects which we hope in turn will raise more money for our charity and its vital services. A big thank you also goes to Tesco for nominating us for the scheme and making Bags of Help a huge success.”
A fantastic success
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.”
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.