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CHS Calls Out for Votes to Bag a Share of Tesco’s Bag Fund

Congleton High School is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to store to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Congleton High School is one of the three groups on the shortlist.

Mr Barlow, Head of Congleton High School, commented:
"We are so excited to have been selected by Tesco for this opportunity. We have a long-term ongoing project to construct an outdoor shelter for our students in the Quad area of the school. All the students have been really enthusiastic in their fund raising efforts but we are still some way off having the funding we need to start the project. This extra boost from Tesco will help to get the Shelter off the ground so we would love any shoppers to support us with their Bags of Help tokens."

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop and they can vote for Congleton High School’s Shelter project at the Barn Road Tesco Superstore and the West Road Tesco Express.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these 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.”

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.

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