BB’s bag store glitch

Ad­min er­ror saw com­pany nom­i­nated for wrong area

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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.

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