BB’s bag store glitch
Admin error saw company nominated for wrong area
A local Boys’ Brigade company might need to brush up for their compass badge after a charity application saw them nominated – in Dumfries and Galloway.
Organisers at the 195th Company, based in Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill Church, hoped to raise cash to take youngsters on a camping trip to Castle Douglas.
They applied to Tesco to take part in its Bags of Help scheme, which sees three groups in each region shortlisted to receive funding, with shoppers voting on which they think is most deserving.
However their hopes of gaining local steadfast support in the likes of Tesco Burnside diminished when a paperwork error saw them nominated 78 miles away in Castle Douglas – the desired destination for their camping trip.
Company captain Alistair McInnes told the Reformer: “There were a few groans about it when we realised, as obviously we won’t be getting much support down there.
“It was just a mistake with paperwork, it’s as simple as that.
“We’ve been looking at saving up the tokens (for voting) and a couple of us could then drive down to Castle Douglas and hand them in.”
Luckily, the group won’t be required to make that trip, as they’ve still been promised £1000 despite the error.
Tony McElroy, head of communications for Tesco in Scotland, said: “Due to an error in the application the group were selected for the shortlist in Castle Douglas.
“However, because of the voting structure they will be guaranteed to receive a minimum of £1000 by virtue of being involved in the scheme, so they’ll be glad to hear that they won’t need to travel to Dumfries and Galloway.
“Bags of Help continues to go from strength the strength, reaching thousands of groups across the UK and of course there are local votes underway in Tesco stores in and around South Lanarkshire.”
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork and greenspace scotland to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4000, £2000 and £1000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £60 million to over 18,000 projects across Britain.