HorseWorld calls out for votes to bag a share of bag fund

HorseWorld is 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 – 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. HorseWorld is one of the groups on the shortlist.

HorseWorld would use this funding for their Discovery Courses where children who are outside of mainstream schooling or have special educational needs work alongside gentle rescued horses in a program that improves their concentration, confidence and communication skills having a massive impact on their mental wellbeing and futures.

Sharon Howell, Discovery Course Leader at HorseWorld said: “We are over the moon to be selected for Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme. Our Discovery Courses can be truly life changing for many young people.
“Working with the rescued horses can increase levels of knowledge and understanding, practical competencies and emotional skills that can be transferred into the classroom, home and social settings so the results can stay with these children for the rest of their lives. We’re really grateful to Tesco and everyone who will vote for us.”

You can vote for HorseWorld’s Discovery Courses in many Bristol-based 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

Posted on: 17th November 2017