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Northern Ireland Hospice calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

27 June 2019

Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £20,000, 30,000 and £50,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each 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.

Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is one of the groups on the shortlist. Voting is open in all Tesco stores from Monday 1st July 2019 to Saturday 31 August 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Support from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative would help fund a range of activities that seek to improve the well-being of patients and families in our Adult and Children's Hospice.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:  “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain 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.”

Sheila Duffy, Head of Fundraising at NI Hospice, added: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted as one of the groups to receive a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative. We encourage all of our supporters to get behind Hospice and to vote for us in their local Tesco store. If we win, we will receive a massive cash boost of £50,000 which will make a real difference to the lives of local people living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses”.