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Latest candidates for Tesco Bags of Help funding

Posted on Wednesday 13th June 2018 at 8:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Flamingo Chicks.

Tesco Bags of Help.

Three new community groups are currently hoping to win a portion of the bi-monthly prize money available from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Blue tokens are available to collect from Tesco stores across the Stokes and members of the public can then vote for their preferred group. The group which has the most tokens by the end of June will receive £4,000 and 2nd and 3rd place will receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.

Flamingo Chicks CIC is a volunteer-led dance school based in Henleaze that provides dance classes for children with disabilities and illnesses, such as cancer. They cater for a wide range of children, including those with visual impairments, cerebral palsy, autism and Down’s syndrome. They also provide a peer-to-peer support community for the parents and carers of the children who attend the classes.

Any money that the dance school receive from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme will be used to fund a number of dance workshops, which each cost £100 to run. Katherine Sparks, founder of Flamingo Chicks, said:

“We have 100 families applying for every 15 places, so know the demand is there and we need to increase our classes. We would also like to take our classes to new environments, such as hospitals and hospices. All this work is scalable so any amount of funding would be extremely valuable.”

To find out more about the school, please visit  or call 07968 081152.

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Latest candidates for Bags of Help funding

Posted on Friday 20th April 2018 at 8:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of volunteers from local businesses planting trees at the MSTC.

Tesco Bags of Help.

Three new organisations have now been chosen to go to vote in Tesco stores across the Stokes throughout March and April; each hoping to collect enough tokens to receive the highest amount of funding.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC) is looking for funding to develop a therapy garden for their members and carers to enjoy at their base in Bradley Stoke. They want to use any money that they receive towards the preparation and ground work of the area, such as levelling any uneven areas, adding in appropriate pathways and generally making the area accessible for all. The centre, located in Bradbury House on Wheatfield Drive, aims to provide a range of therapies, services, information and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.

Sarah Vincent, events and community officer at the centre, commented:

“We have some land within the centre grounds and our ambition is to turn this into an accessible therapy garden within which people can enjoy what the great outdoors can offer, relax and even receive therapies such as physiotherapy and reflexology in this space, to mention but a few.”

“Many of our service users have limited access to outside space or gardens – they may be restricted due to lack of mobility or have the need to be near accessible facilities including WCs, or simply due to the fear of falling or becoming fatigued and being unable to get assistance.”

“Our centre users are just one group of beneficiaries from this project. The area will also be used by our neighbours Wheatfield Primary School as part of the children’s learning. Biodiversity forms part of the school curriculum and the therapy garden will enable children to learn about wildflowers and animal/insect habitats as well as general learning in a different environment.”

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Tesco grant makes for challenging playtime

Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 5:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tesco community champion Dawn Richards (seated) with Reception teacher Wendy Collins and pupils.

Reception pupils at Bowsland Green Primary School in Bradley Stoke have been celebrating the installation of a new log climber in their garden, thanks to the generosity of a national supermarket chain.

Tesco Bags of Help.

Early Years Foundation Stage lead teacher Wendy Collins was successful in applying for a £4,000 grant through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The Friends of Bowsland Green contributed a further sum of money to cover the remaining cost of the project.

Mrs Collins said:

“This climbing frame was chosen as the children need an opportunity to develop their gross motor skills. This frame presents a safe challenge for the children who are developing strength and balance. The open ended nature of this frame also supports development of imagination. The children have already been pretending that it is a castle and a ship. We plan to add drapes and big building blocks to further enhance these ideas. We are very grateful to Tesco for their financial contribution and to the Friends of Bowsland Green for the funds that they have raised.”

Photo: Bradley Stoke Tesco community champion Dawn Richard (seated) joins Mrs Collins and some of the Reception children to celebrate the installation of the log climber.

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Local groups benefit from Tesco’s community fund

Posted on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 5:56 pm by Laura Mortimore

Tesco Bags of Help projects in Nov/Dec 2017 and Jan/Feb 2018 (Bradley Stoke).

Three local organisations are currently battling it out to receive the maximum amount of funding from the Tesco Bags of Help fund. Blue tokens are being given out to customers at Tesco stores across the Stokes to vote for the three different projects until 28th February, when they will all be collected and counted. The group with the highest number of tokens will receive £4,000; the second highest will receive £2,000 and the third will receive £1,000 towards their projects.

Since the Bags of Help scheme launched in 2015, Tesco have given over £48 million to 10,000 community projects across the UK. These projects have come from a variety of community groups, charities, schools, clubs and organisations. The projects that are selected to go to voting are ones which will benefit the local community, such as:

  • Purchasing items for local groups such as sports equipment, medical equipment or gardening equipment
  • Making improvements to a community building
  • Developing outdoor spaces such as play areas, parks, school grounds and woodlands
  • Running a community event or supporting seasonal activities

Once three projects have been shortlisted to go to the public vote, the voting will remain open for two months where, during that time, customers can collect blue tokens from the checkout each time they shop in order to vote for their preferred project.

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