12 April 2018 - Ambulance Service Charity bags £13,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme North West Ambulance Service Charity is delighted to announce it has bagged £13,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. As voted for by local shoppers, the money will go towards lifesaving public access defibrillators in Cumbria which help give someone in cardiac arrest the best possible chance of survival. Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £48 million to over 13,000 local community projects. Vincent Sherard-Bornshin, North West Ambulance Charity Manager, said: “Any award or donation to our charity makes an incredible difference in the communities we serve. The fantastic support of Tesco and the public visiting and voting means that we can provide even more lifesaving defibrillators!” The chance of survival for a person in cardiac arrest is reduced by 10 per cent for every minute without CPR and defibrillation. Early defibrillation gives patients in a cardiac arrest the best possible chance which is why it’s so important that community access defibrillators are available in as many places as possible. They’re so easy to use, no training is necessary as the machine will tell you everything you need to know and you can’t do it wrong! 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 January and February 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. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK 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.