Today we were presented with a cheque for £10,000 to our charitable funds from staff at Tesco and national charity Groundwork.
The generous donation was given as part of the supermarket’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative in conjunction with Groundwork which gives customers tokens at the checkout to vote for a project they want money to go to.
The money is raised from the sale of the reusable ‘bag for life’ and the grants are used to fund local projects across Britain.
We were joined today by Tesco Community Champions, Shelly Whitmore, Carol Reid-Evan and Diane Corrin who work in their local communities to raise awareness of this initiative as well as Dan Ellis from Groundwork. They presented Director of Operations Ged Blezard and Community Engagement and Resuscitation Manager David McNally with the cheque.
Diane said: “We absolutely loved visiting the new Cheshire and Merseyside regional office of the North West Ambulance Service today and were given such a warm welcome and tour by Ged and David. As somebody on the outside you don’t realise just how much goes on behind the scenes at the ambulance service and just how big the organisation is.
“Every two months through the initiative, we give a grant of £7,000 which is split across three charities, the amount of which is voted by Tesco customers. The grant this time round was for £50,000 to celebrate Tesco’s Centenary and was split between the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, Claire House and North West Ambulance Service’s charity.
“We are so pleased that the money is going to such a worthy cause and we hope it goes someway to help save a life in Cheshire and Merseyside.”
Ged said: “It’s fantastic to meet the staff from Tesco today who have taken the time out of their day to come and present us with this very generous cheque. The money will go into our charitable funds and will go towards the purchase of new defibrillators in Cheshire and Merseyside. We would like to thank Tesco staff and customers, as well as Groundwork for making this donation possible.”