Group awarded cash for wildlife pond project

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

A Bath­gate char­ity that is help­ing to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment is celebrating a cash wind­fall.

The Breech­brae group has re­ceived £3000 in fund­ing to im­prove its wild pond thanks to the Tesco Bags for Life ini­tia­tive.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the group joined MSPs, Tesco col­leagues and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Greenspace Scot­land at a cel­e­bra­tion event at the Scottish Par­lia­ment re­cently.

The event was or­gan­ised to mark the suc­cess of the su­per­mar­ket’s flag­ship com­mu­nity grant scheme, which has been help­ing char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups around the coun­try.

The ini­tia­tive sees grants raised from the sale of car­rier bags awarded to thou­sands of lo­cal com­mu­nity projects ev­ery year.

Tony McEl­roy, Tesco’s head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Scot­land, said:“To have awarded this amount of money to thou­sands of groups all over the UK is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment – and it’s all down to our cus­tomers.

“Bags of Help con­tin­ues to be a great suc­cess and we wanted to get some of our fund­ing re­cip­i­ents in­volved in help­ing us cel­e­brate. Each of the groups has a big part to play in their com­mu­ni­ties and it’s im­por­tant that we brought ev­ery­one to­gether to recog­nise that.

“It’s a real priv­i­lege to see com­mu­nity projects thriv­ing thanks to the fund­ing.”

At the event, the groups – who are all Bags of Help fund­ing re­cip­i­ents – got the chance to meet their lo­cal MPs and MSPs and to hear how the fund­ing has im­pacted upon re­cip­i­ents all over the coun­try.

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.

Emma Hal­l­i­day, com­mu­nity en­abler co­or­di­na­tor at greenspace scot­land, added:“Bags of Help is breath­ing life into com­mu­nity projects all over Scot­land. Work­ing on the front­line of these projects, along­side Tesco, we see projects go­ing from an idea, right through to com­ple­tion. The fund­ing is hav­ing a real im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties and this event will raise awareness of that.”

Bags of Help fund­ing is avail­able to com­mu­nity groups and char­i­ties look­ing to fund lo­cal projects that bring ben­e­fits to com­mu­ni­ties. Any­one can nom­i­nate a project and ap­ply on­line. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bag­sofhelp

Cel­e­bra­tion The Breech­brae Group cel­e­brate their award

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