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More than £30k given to Coventry charities thanks to Tesco 5p carrier bag charge

Lauren Clarke 27th Dec, 2016

MORE than £30,000 raised by the 5p carrier bag levy is being distributed among worthwhile community projects in Coventry.

As part of its Bags of Help funding initiative, Tesco in Coventry has donated grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 to local causes as voted for by its customers – all raised from the new 5p charge on plastic carrier bags –

Richard Lee Primary School, in the Stoke area of the city, has been given £12,000 to help transform the school’s grey, empty playground into a bright and stimulating place for children to play.

The school and pupils hope to inject fun and focus into their playtimes at school, with new play equipment, playground markings and friendship seating which will benefit pupils for years to come.

Holbrooks Community Care Association will use its £10,000 grant in order to create a secret garden for the community – a place of a sanctuary for residents.

And the £8,000 given to Limbrick Wood Baptist Church in Tile Green will be used to transform its oudoor area into a mini allotment and wildlife area, a sensory garden, and install natural play equipment for its community groups, guests and visitors to enjoy.

Jessica Walker, Tesco Local Communications Manager, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community.

“We can’t wait to see the money being used to bring these projects to life.”

Voting ran in stores from 31 October to 13 November – with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimates that around 6 million votes were cast in stores up and down the UK, with more than £24 milion across 2,421 local projects up and down the country.

Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp to nominate a local project or organisation.

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