Anna Kennedy Online is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every 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.

Anna Kennedy Online is one of the groups on the shortlist for our Autism’s Got Talent project for 2019.

Dr Anna Kennedy OBE said:
“A HUGE thank you to Tesco this is appreciated. Autism’s got Talent is one of the highlights of our charities year. We showcase talented performers in central London and across the country which helps increase confidence for our performers on the autism spectrum and creates opportunities for them in the performing arts world.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in September and October and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project:

  • WEST DRAYTON EXPRESS: UB7 7SF
  • COULSDON EXPRESS: CR5 2RA
  • COWLEY EXPRESS: UB8 2HL
  • HAYES STATION RD EXPRESS: UB3 4BQ
  • HAYES UXBRIDGE RD EXPRESS: UB4 0RU
  • HILLINGDON LEALD EXPRESS: UB8 3NJ
  • ICKENHAM HIGH RD EXPRESS: UB10 8LB
  • RUISLIP HIGH ST EXPRESS: HA4 8LR
  • RUISLIP MANOR EXPRESS: HA4 8NR
  • SOUTH HAYES EXPRESS: UB3 4NE
  • SOUTH RUISLIP EXPRESS: HA4 0QP
  • UXBRIDGE METRO: UB8 1ND
  • YEADING EXTRA: UB4 9SQ
  • YIEWSLEY SUPERSTORES: UB7 7GN

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £56 million to more than 16,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, 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. 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:
“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. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.