Wealden District Council

Churchcoombe Community Association play project

News : 17 October 2017

Churchcoombe Community Association, Uckfield, has bagged £2,000 from a Tesco’s Bags of Help funding scheme to help carry out improvements to its Hughes Way Play Area project.

Bags of help

Churchcoombe Community Association is working in partnership with Uckfield Town Council to redevelop and improve the Hughes Way Play Area, which is located on the edge of the Churchcoombe Estate. The Play Area project has also received funding from Wealden District Council Community and Environmental Budget towards the improvement works. The Community Association has worked hard to secure additional funding.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants raised from carrier bag sales being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.
Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country to decide awards.

Vivien Cottingham, Secretary of the Association, said: “We are so pleased to have received funding from Tesco Bags of Help, the money will be used to improve Hughes Way Play Area, benefiting the local community for many years to come”.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.
Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £36 million across more than 7,900 local projects.
Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 
“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support. 
 “The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”
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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