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Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for a Bright Space for children at the Whittington Hospital.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - 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.
The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children is one of the groups on the shortlist.
They plan to transform the children's outdoor play terrace at the Whittington Hospital into an enriching, fun and relaxing Bright Space, to support the wellbeing of patients, their siblings, parents and carers. The transformation will double the size of the garden, resurface the floor, and include a castle play structure, a cityscape construction area, role play fire engine, role play kitchen, teen space, comfortable seating, sensory experiences, and a range of new toys, games and equipment for the children to enjoy.
The new space will include shelter and shade so the garden can be used in all weathers, and will be accessible for children using wheelchairs and confined to hospital beds.
Emily Harris from the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children says, “We are very excited to have been selected by Tesco to receive funding for our project. The Bright Space will provide a beautiful play environment that will positively impact the thousands of children admitted to the hospital every year. Please vote for us!”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout November and December. 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 £36 million to nearly 8,000 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 November and December. 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