Calvert Trust Exmoor is asking residents of North Devon to vote this month to help them receive a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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

Voting is open in stores from 2 January to 28 January 2017. Customers cast their vote using a token given to them at the checkout in store each time they shop.

Calvert Trust Exmoor will use the grant to fund accessible play equipment for a new inclusive play area, which will be open to both residential guests and local visitors.

Artist's Impression of the accessible play area
Artist’s Impression of the accessible play area

Fiona Walker, Community Fundraiser at Calvert Trust Exmoor, said,
“We are so pleased to have been chosen by Tesco to be part of Bags for Help; this grant and the accessible play area it supports will make a huge difference to our guests and visitors. Please do visit your local Tesco store and vote for us this month!”

You can vote for Calvert Trust Exmoor in the following North Devon Tesco stores:

Barnstaple Rose Lane (EX32 8PG)
Barnstaple Extra Taw View (EX31 2AS)
Barnstaple High Street (EX31 1EZ)
Westward Ho! (EX39 1LH)
Braunton (EX33 2DU)
Ilfracombe (EX34 9RH)
Bideford (EX39 4AJ)

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers 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.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said, “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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.”

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit

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