LVEG Loveclough Park Junior Play project ***NEWSFLASH***

David Rhodes

*** NEWSFLASH *** a press release regarding the Loveclough Park Junior Play project.
Limey Valley Environment Group (LVEG) has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund.
We are delighted to announce they have bagged £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that, in our area, Limey Valley Environment Group has been awarded first place and awarded a grant of £12,000 !
The results have been announced and they will now begin work on bringing our project to life.
Stephen Glenholmes, on behalf of LVEG said “We are absolutely thrilled that our project has been voted number one in our area. The awarded grant will provide much needed funds to redesign and refurbish this play area and our group and partners have worked so hard to progress this from the initial idea through to a fully formed and realisable plan. We would sincerely like to thank all those who voted for the project and also Tesco in providing this fantastic scheme which benefits our community. ”
Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.
“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.
“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”
Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.
Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.
“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.
“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”
Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.
For further information please contact LVEG by messaging the LVRA facebook page or at the LVRA monthly meeting which takes place the second Monday of every month (full details in the Facebook events page)
1170 organisations in from each of Tesco’s 390 regions up and down the UK received a share of the Bags of Help fund.
The initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
Over 4,500 groups up and down the country applied for grants from the scheme. These were whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions.
For more information please visit: http://www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/
Remember too that the members of the Limey Valley Environment Group also work very hard to keep our area clean with their litter picking and clean up sessions and are proud to support the community they live in. Why not join them next time and help them to help you.
THANK YOU (and thanks to Tesco too of course…)

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