bags-of-helpOur hospice is in the running to win a £12,000 award and we’re calling on our local supporters to get involved by voting at Tesco stores around Telford from now until Sunday 13th November. We need our supporters to vote for us to secure an award for a new play area at our hospice in Apley, a distraction for young children at the most difficult of times.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of around 400 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will vote in store from 31st October – 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Our hospice is one of three causes in the Telford area calling on the public to help it secure the top award by voting in specific Tesco stores. The project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive £12,000 and the other causes will receive either £10,000 or £8,000. We need funding to build a fun new play area for children visiting our Telford hospice.

Supporters can vote for Severn Hospice when buying their shopping at one of four Tesco stores: Tesco Extra at the Wrekin Retail Park, Telford; Tesco Express on Haygate Road, Wellington; Tesco in Madeley and Hermitage Express in Bridgnorth.

Heather Palin, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Care at our hospice, said: “The new play area will provide a place for visiting children and their families to create a place for play and escape at the most difficult of times. We have a play area in Shrewsbury and would really like to give families the same opportunity at our hospice in Telford. We will be working with our volunteers to create a fun place where children can play, with wildlife habitats for them to explore and fun equipment for them to play on.

“We need the public to vote for us so that we can help families create some happy memories of the hospice at a very difficult time.”


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