The Daventry & District Forum (DDF) has thanked supporters who helped them secure first place in Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

The DDF was one of three groups shortlisted locally for the community funding scheme run by Tesco and Groundwork and received the full £1,500 it had applied for after coming first in the public vote held in local stores during May and June.

The group, which is supported by Daventry District Council, has more than 700 members and holds popular regular forum meetings, providing opportunities for older people to make new friends, have fun, and find out information and advice on a wide variety of subjects.

DDF Chairman Gloria Edwards Davidson said: “This is a wonderful gift which will enable us to put on more events for older people in the Daventry and district area. We are extremely grateful to Tesco and Groundworks for allowing us to enter this scheme, and I would also like to thank everyone who voted for us. It is very much appreciated by all of our members, and will allow us to continue to improve the lives of older people locally.”

Since launching in 2015, Tesco’s Bags of Help project has provided more than £56million to more than 16,000 community projects. 

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come 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.” 

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. 

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