Lis­more play­park plan wants bags of help

The Oban Times - - News -

LIS­MORE Com­mu­nity Trust 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 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – be­ing awarded to com­mu­nity projects.

Greens­pace Scot­land is work­ing with Ground­work to pro­vide sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties in Scot­land.

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. Lis­more Com­mu­nity Trust is one of the groups on the short­list.

The project en­tails the cre­ation of both a new play­park ad­ja­cent to the school in Ach­nacroish, and an all-weather pitch for ball games. It has been de­vel­oped by the par­ent coun- cil, and the project has been a long-held am­bi­tion for those with younger chil­dren within the com­mu­nity.

‘It’s a great project all round,’ said Mary Walker of the par­ent coun­cil and com­mu­nity trust. ‘It’s a real boost for the chil­dren, and a chance to of­fer all young­sters op­por­tu­ni­ties that they haven’t had be­fore. We re­ally hope ev­ery­one will as­sist us re­alise our am­bi­tions for the young on the is­land.’

Vot­ing is open in stores through­out May and June. Cus­tomers will cast their vote us­ing a to­ken given to them in store.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has al­ready de­liv­ered more than £28.5 mil­lion to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK.

Tony McElroy, from Tesco, said: ‘We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to open the vot­ing for May and June. There are some fan­tas­tic projects on the short­lists.’

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