Tesco – Bags of Help

What is Bags of Help?

Bags of Help is our exciting local community grant scheme funded by the government’s 5p bag charge.

Supported by environmental charity Groundwork, we’re transforming green spaces, sports facilities and woodland walks across the UK for customers, colleagues and communities to enjoy.

Bags For Help

It’s your money, so have a say where it goes.

How do I get involved?

Apply for funding for your community group

Applications are now open at website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Nominate community projects close to you

Does a green space in your local area need some attention? Let us know at website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Vote for your favourite

Groundwork and Tesco colleagues will shortlist three projects to receive funding of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Your in-store vote decides who gets which amount.

Check the results in-store and online.

Want to know more?

Call our dedicated helpline phone 0121 237 5780 or visit website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Tesco Bags of help flyer

Tesco, like other large retailers, is required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every carrier bag bought by a customer. It’s all part of the government’s drive to reduce waste. Proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes as set out by Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs). Reasonable administrative costs, as set out by Defra, will be deducted from the proceeds by Tesco. For more information, please visit website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Big Sleep Out – Crawley Observer

More than £7,500 raised for Crawley Open House
Rough sleeper £7k for shelter
21st October 2015 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

By Berny Torre
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751201

Rough sleepers have raised more than £7,500 for a Crawley homeless shelter.

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More than 40 people including a group from St Wilfrid’s School took part in the Big Sleep Out in Queens Square in aid of Crawley Open House on Thursday (October 15).

The charity’s chairman Chris Oxlade, who took part in the event, which ran from 7pm to 7am, said more than €7500 had been raised.

He said: “It was a great night for raising the profile of homelessness and raising some money as well.

“It’s a tough thing to do but we all get to go back to a warm bed and a place lo live but last year Crawley Open House turned away the best part of 2,000 people.

“Anyone can be homeless in a blink of an eye, there’s not a certain stereotype that the homeless are like at all.”

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Speaking of his experience, he said: “When you’re lying there – and most homeless people don’t sleep in groups – if somebody is walking past or somebody is shouting in the town centre you do wake up with a jump because there’s that sort of fear factor, let alone the cold and little things like going to the toilet – all those things you take for granted.

“When you get up it’s quite a sobering experience because you kind of get a glimpse of what it’s like to sleep on the streets because some people just totally ignore you like you’re not there, others give you a look, others give you a smile.”

The shelter in Stephenson Way Three Bridges, has 24 beds.

Mr Oxlade said the funds raised would go towards the shelter’s help for the homeless and its community outreach in times of financial uncertainty’.

The previous Sleep Out in 2012 raised some €3,000 and had around 30 participants.

Mr Oxlade said the event could be repeated in 2016 following this year’s success.