The results are in after Tesco customers in Renfrewshire cast their votes to help community projects bag up to £25,000.
Tesco marked its Centenary year with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with a huge £100,000 funding pot in the West of Scotland.
And the winners of the second round have been now been revealed. In first place, Over The Wall has been awarded £25,000, in second place, Penumbra has been awarded £15,000 and, in third place, Home-Start Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde has been awarded £10,000.
Bags of Help, run in partnership with greenspace scotland, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. So far in Scotland, Bags of Help has awarded £10,503,235 to 3557 local projects.
The Centenary Grants reached more than 30 regions, with an incredible £3,300,000 up for grabs in total. The winners of the first round of Centenary Grant funding in West Scotland were Beatson Cancer Charity, Maggie’s and Diabetes UK.
Over the Wall, a charity which supports children and young people facing serious health challenges through transformational residential camps in Scotland, is planning to use the funding towards the running costs for additional camps and programmes in Glasgow and west Scotland.
Elinor Souch, Giving & Trusts Officer at Over The Wall, said: “A huge thank you to the amazing staff and customers at Tesco stores for taking part in the Tesco Centenary Bags of Help voting. Your amazing support will help us to offer even more places at our activity camps for seriously ill children from across the region.”
“The illness of a child can often mean that spending time together as a family can be difficult, but at Over the Wall, we provide memorable camp experiences – not only for the children who have serious illnesses – but for all members of the families affected.”
The Centenary grant will help mental health charity Penumbra continue to support around 1,800 adults and young people each week through a range of recovery based, person focused support services including crisis, suicide prevention and an innovative approach to peer support.
Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive of Penumbra, said: “We’re delighted to have been a part of the Tesco Bags of Help alongside a fantastic group of organisations in the West Scotland funding pot. The public have really got behind our project which is designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
“We know that 50% of mental health problems begin by the age of 14, so early support is key. Our project is really exciting because we’ll be working in partnership with young people to develop early support measures for this age group and the Bags of Help grant will contribute to that important work.”
The Tesco Bags of Help funding will help family support groups at Home-Start Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde to provide friendship and practical help for parents with young children experiencing challenges.
Susan Johnstone, Senior co-ordinator at Home-Start Glasgow South, said: “Home-Start supports and empowers families to cope better with the impact of poor mental health, poverty, isolation, physical health issues, domestic violence, addictions, bereavement and multiple births. Support is developed locally, with families focusing on building their health and wellbeing.
“The Centenary funding will enable us to support more families through our Mums’, Dads’, Toddler, Perinatal, Walking, Cooking and English tuition groups across the West of Scotland. All groups are planned and structured by play workers to promote positive mental health.”
Keith Jackson, Tesco Bags of Help Manager, said: “Congratulations to the recipients of our Bags of Help Centenary Grants. They’re all worthy winners and we hope this funding helps them continue their important work in our communities.
“The Centenary Grants are a huge part of our celebration of a century of delivering great value for our customers. And Bags of Help applications have opened again for 2020, as we aim to support more groups and organisations helping to make a difference across Britain this year.”
Bags of Help applications have opened for 2020 and customers are invited to vote for the project they wish to receive the top prize using blue tokens handed out at checkouts. Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months.
Find out more about Bags of Help at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.