High Peak community projects bag share of £11.5m

Andrew Bingham MP (centre) with Friends of Pavilion Gardens Buxton Chair Brian Shepherd, Whaley Bridge Tesco Store Manager Mike Fleming and Furness COGS Volunteer Sandy Schofield.
Andrew Bingham MP (centre) with Friends of Pavilion Gardens Buxton Chair Brian Shepherd, Whaley Bridge Tesco Store Manager Mike Fleming and Furness COGS Volunteer Sandy Schofield.

Tesco customers voted in their droves to help good causes in High Peak bag a share of a £11.5 million.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Shoppers voted in stores up and down the country, and among the winners were Furness COGS (Community Organising Green Space) who will receive £12,000. Longdendale High School and the Friends of the Pavilion Gardens have been awarded £10,000 and £8,000 respectively.

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant. We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.”

Voting ran in store from February 27 until March 6, with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Andrew Bingham MP, said: “All the contenders were worthy winners and I’d like to congratulate all three involved, with a special congratulations to COGS for achieving the £12,000 grant.

“I have tried to support COGS ever since they were formed and they have achieved some great things in Furness. Indeed I paid tribute to them in a speech in the House of Commons on communities, such is the way they have energised the community of Furness Vale. They are a great example of a community group working together for the common good.”