STALYHILL Infant School has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
The money will be used for the Stalyhill Forest Friends, a project to drain part of the school grounds so it can be used for outdoor activities including building dens and bug huts and enabling children to go on bug hunts.
Headteacher Lisa Lockett explained: “The forest area is on a steep hill and gets waterlogged so we are unable to use it. By installing a drainage system we will be able to use it for outdoor activities.
“We are delighted to have been awarded the grant. The work that we will now be able to complete will make a really positive difference to the amount of time our children and others in the community can spend learning outdoors.”
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it has provided more than £71 million to over 23,000 local community projects.
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.
Alec Brown, Tesco’s head of community, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores.
“We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s chief executive, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.
|The diversity of projects funded shows 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.”
In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available.
Please look online for more information on if they can support your group. Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects. To find out more go online: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp