Home-Start CHAMS bags £1000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

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Crawley shoppers have voted in Tesco stores around the town for local projects to receive funding from the sale of carrier bags. It can now be revealed that Home-Start CHAMS has been awarded £1000.

The grant will be used for “Twiglets”, a weekly group for families with young twins and triplets, held at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Tilgate on Thursday mornings. The group provides a special place for multiple birth families to come together, and for young children to take part in activities including messy play, rhyme time and a healthy snack.

Jacquie Thomas, Home-Start CHAMS’ Business Manager said; “We’re delighted to receive Tesco funding, and want to thank everyone who voted for our project. Our Twiglets group has helped hundreds of local families with multiple birth children, and this grant will help us continue running the group throughout 2018”.

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.”

Voting ran in stores throughout March and April with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

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.

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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