Our Wilton Trust 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 Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Our Wilton Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Our Wilton Trust development in Wilton is part of a wider development on the former HQ Land Forces site. Our purpose is to build and manage accommodation to house homeless, ex-service personnel.

 Whilst staying with us they will access the support they need to move forward independently through personal support, retraining, apprenticeships, community engagement work and support to start their own business.  At the end of their time with us they will have acquired the life skills and support needed to integrate back into civilian life and make a positive contribution to the local area. 

One of the key components of the project is a community café which will form part of the ground floor of the community café, this café will be set up, managed and run by the veterans for the whole Wilton community to use, it will provide a valuable community space where courses can be held, exhibitions staged and Our Veterans can engage with the local community. It will be a real community hub of activity, offering art space, a small farm shop, a space to meet friends and a space for veterans from the wider community to drop in and seek advice and support.

Kerry Harvey, Project Assistant and Fundraiser for Our Wilton Trust “We are thrilled that a huge organisation such as Tesco’s has chosen Our Wilton Trust as part of its Community Funding Scheme, the money that is raised through this will be a huge boost to the community café project, which both the veterans living in our accommodation and the wider community will benefit.”

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.

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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