Bags of help!

Rushmere Community Runners bags £1000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Ipswich running group, Rushmere Community Runners (RCR) is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £75 million to over 25,000 local community projects.

Thousands of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores in Kesgrave, Martlesham and Felixstowe and it can now be revealed RCR has been awarded £1000!

The local running group will now use this money to continue the work they do in the local community, supporting runners of all abilities to get active. The money will also go towards training some additional run leaders, so that RCR can continue to grow and encourage more people to get out there and run!

RCR Chairman John Farthing said, “Being awarded this grant enables us to continue to take a further active role in the local community, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for people to not only run and keep active, but also as a important social hub. We welcome anybody to join us and see what we do each week”

Voting ran in stores throughout March and April 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.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said, “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

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.”

In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

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