The Daventry & District Forum (DDF) is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.


The DDF 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.


It is one of three groups shortlisted locally for the community funding scheme run by Tesco and Groundworks, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.


Shoppers visiting the Tesco stores in Daventry town centre, Wimborne Place and Weedon during May and June will be invited to cast a vote for their favourite using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

DDF Chairman Gloria Edwards Davidson said: “We are thrilled to have been successful in our application for this scheme and we are very grateful to Tesco and Groundworks.


“Of course receiving any level of grant is good news for an organisation like ours, but if we were able to win the public vote it would allow us to do so much to improve the lives of older people locally. 


“Our group has been involved with a number of successful initiatives,  including Christmas campaigns to help those in need, and in the formulation of strategies to improve the lives of older people, so I would ask Tesco shoppers to please support us so we can build on that valuable work.”


Tesco’s Bags of Help project has delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. 


Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”


Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.


“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”


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. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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