29th Jun, 2022

5p carrier bag levy set to add thousands of pounds to Coventry community groups

MONEY raised from the 5p carrier bag levy is set to benefit three Coventry community projects as decided by a public vote.

Shoppers in the Coventry Arena store can vote to decide which of the three projects they would like to receive a grant of £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000.

Representatives from Holbrooks Community Care Association, Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and Richard Lee Primary School all spent time speaking to customers about their projects.

The initiatives comes after Tesco teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative – which sees money raised from the 5p bag levy awarded to environmental and greenspace projects across the country.

Voting is open in stores across the region until Sunday, November 13.

Customers will be able to cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Jessica Walker, Tesco Local communications manager, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to get round two of ‘Bags of Help’ underway in the West Midlands.

“More than 1,200 community groups will receive £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 to invest in their local projects.

“I’d urge shoppers to get down to their local store and vote for which of the shortlisted projects they would like to see come to life with a Bags of Help grant.”

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s chief executive, said: “The grants will make a real difference to more than 1200 community groups and projects the length and breadth of the country.”

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