The Norfolk Hospice is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects every month.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed The Norfolk Hospice has been awarded £1,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The Hospice has used the £1,000 to fund two new sheds at the Hospice. One of sheds is being used to store equipment used by the team of volunteer gardeners who work tirelessly to maintain the beautiful gardens which cover the four acre site. The other is for the patients gardening group who care for the kitchen garden at the Hospice. This shed is fully accessible and allows patients to access their specialist equipment, freeing up space in their adapted greenhouse to grow more produce.

Lyndsay Carter, Chief Executive at The Norfolk Hospice said,

We are extremely grateful to everyone who kindly voted for the Hospice to be awarded this grant in Tesco stores. The sheds were desperately needed to store all of the equipment needed by the dedicated team of volunteers to keep our gardens looking wonderful. The shed used by the patients has freed up valuable space allowing more patients the opportunity to participate in Horticultural Therapy.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

We 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 projects come to life.

Voting ran in stores from 1st December to 31st December 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.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £25 million across more than 3,000 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

 It’s just the beginning for Bags of Help and we’re really excited about the future.  The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit.

It’s projects like these that really help to capture the public’s imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live.

Funding is available to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community. Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp