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Bohunt ‘bags’ £2,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

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Bohunt School is delighted to announce it has been awarded £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £63 million to over 20,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Bohunt School has been awarded £2,000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

In 2012 when our site in Liphook became a Directly Licensed Centre, we launched the D of E award to our students for the first time with only 60 students completing the award with us. This academic year however we have had over 300 students complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold award with us. Many of the students taking part have never camped outside or even walked in the local area and for many the purchase of equipment is a significant barrier to them even considering it as an option to develop themselves, particularly those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Neil Pittaway, Head of School at Bohunt School, said:

“Bohunt is an outstanding school in all areas and our outdoor and D of E programme embodies our core values of enjoy, respect and achieve. We are really grateful to Tesco’s for helping us continue to ensure outstanding provision for our most disadvantaged and vulnerable students. Thank you to those who have headed out and voted for us so that we continue to support our students in all aspects of their learning outside the classroom. ”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who 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 September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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.