Tilbury Pioneer Academy have it all bagged up with Tesco...

Tilbury Pioneer Academy calls out for votes to bag a share of the bag charge fund. The school's PTA, the Friends of Pioneer, are 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 £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being 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. Tilbury Pioneer Academy's PTA, the Friends of Pioneer, is one of the groups on the shortlist!

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout July and August. 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 £30 million to more than 4,600 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.

Mr Dan George, Head of School at Tilbury Pioneer Academy, said “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted to be part of Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. I would urge all parents, carers and family members to visit Tesco to cast their vote and help their local school secure some much-needed funding for our pupils. We look forward to seeing the result at the end of August!”

Participating stores are listed below. You need to make a purchase to enter, however, you do not need to purchase a bag:

ARMADA CHAFFORD EXPRESS (RM16 6PS)
CHADWELL ST MARY EXPRESS (RM16 4JD)
CHAFFORD HUNDRED EXPRESS (RM16 6YA)
DERWENT STH OCKEN EXPRESS (RM15 5GN)
GRAYS EXPRESS (RM16 2BD)
LAKESIDE (RM20 1TX)
SOUTH OCKENDON EXPRESS (RM15 6AJ)
SOUTHEND RD GRAYS EXPRESS (RM17 5NJ)
TILBURY EXPRESS (RM18 7QU) 

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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.”


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