How you can help a Wisborough Green charity secure thousands of Tesco funding

Equine Partners CIC, based in Wisborough Green, is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Thursday, 8th November 2018, 9:13 am
Updated Thursday, 8th November 2018, 9:16 am
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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 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.

Equine Partners CIC is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Their barn is urgently in need of refurbishment.

They support families when life is tough and use it for family equine assisted learning sessions when the weather is wet or cold.

It needs a new floor surface, a new metal shed to provide a toilet cubicle, some large pens so the horses can be free to relax, and more.

An Equine Partners CIC spokesman said: “The barn is a vital space for us to work in during the cold wet months.

“The refurbishment will make a huge difference to the families who visit us.”

Voting is open in Horsham and Broadbridge Heath Tesco stores in November and December, customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco, added: “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.