South Cumbria Rivers Trust bags £2000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme!

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £2000 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 £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.

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Jayne Wilkinson, Catchment Planning & Monitoring Officer, South Cumbria Rivers Trust, said:

“This is fantastic news! Many thanks to everyone who voted. The local community is at the heart of what we do, they live, work and enjoy the area of South Cumbria. Although a spectacular landscape the area of South Cumbria isn’t always as healthy as we would like to think, and it is vital that we monitor the changes. Where necessary we then look to make improvements and enhance the area for future generations. This establishes community involvement, increases local understanding of the issues, and generates a sense of place.  Keep up to date with events and how to get involved on our website,”

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 the UK 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