Winners of Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants

Mother and child walking

The results are in after Tesco customers cast their votes to help community projects in South East Wales bag up to £25,000. 

Tesco marked its Centenary year with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with a huge £100,000 funding pot in South East Wales. 

And the winners of the second round have been now been revealed. In first place, Royal National Lifeboat Institution has been awarded £25,000, in second place, Clybiau Plant Cymru has been awarded £15,000 and, in third place, Ramblers Cymru has been awarded £10,000. 

Bags of Help, run in partnership with Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. So far in Wales, Bags of Help has awarded £5,717,417 to 2,026 local projects.

The Centenary Grants reached more than 30 regions, with an incredible £3,300,000 up for grabs in total. The winners of the first round of Centenary Grant funding in South East Wales were Cancer Research UK, Ty Hafan and Maggie’s.

Helen Thomas, Fundraising Officer at Ramblers Cymru, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the donation from Tesco through its Bags of Help scheme. The funding will go towards motivating families to walk together through our Scramblers Family Fit Challenge Cymru. 

“The programme is a 12-week challenge to develop a life-long positive approach to health and fitness simply by stepping out on to their doorsteps and exploring the natural environment around them. Participants will be motivated by an inspiring free activity pack with progressive and engaging activities, logbooks and pedometers, and with an online social presence that everyone can engage with.”

Keith Jackson, Tesco Bags of Help Manager, said: “Congratulations to the recipients of our Bags of Help Centenary Grants. They’re all worthy winners and we hope this funding helps them continue their important work in our communities.  

“The Centenary Grants are a huge part of our celebration of a century of delivering great value for our customers. And Bags of Help applications have opened again for 2020, as we aim to support more groups and organisations helping to make a difference across Britain this year.”

Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork, said: "This funding will go a long way in enabling more local communities to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. We look forward to seeing the final results of the projects and the positive outcome the funding will have on local communities."

Bags of Help applications have opened for 2020 and customers are invited to vote for the project they wish to receive the top prize using blue tokens handed out at checkouts. Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months.

Find out more about Bags of Help at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp