School calls out for help to receive Tesco’s bag funds

The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative and needs help from local Tesco shoppers from 1st May until 30th June.

The Avon Valley School plans to create a community allotment in the school grounds which would allow them to offer the students practical lessons that demonstrate how and where food is grown which will help to highlight the importance of a nutritional diet. The students will play an active role in growing food, will be able to sample the produce grown and will take these practical experiences into the classroom where they will learn about nutrition and agriculture.

In 2015 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 are 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. The Avon Valley School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “We are planning to buy gardening equipment, seeds, fruit bushes and plants which will be placed in our developing school garden. We would love to be able to purchase a greenhouse in order to grow produce all year round.”

Voting is open in all local Tesco stores, including the Superstore on Leicester Road, plus the Express stores in Bilton, Brownsover and by the train station. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

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

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Theresa Bale, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.