Hartlepool groups urged to bag their share of 5p carrier bag funds

Volunteers and staff at the opening of the Summerhill platform.
Volunteers and staff at the opening of the Summerhill platform.

Tesco in Hartlepool is appealing for more groups to take advantage of community funding to improve outdoor community spaces.

The supermarket supports Bags of Help where money raised from the 5p bag charge goes into a charity pot.

Tesco is encouraging local groups, schools, charities, churches and community centres to submit applications for projects which improve an outdoor space for their own use and the local community.

Other indoor projects are also being considered if they benefit health and well being.

Groundworks Project Management who deal with the applications on behalf of Tesco stores, have received very few applications from Hartlepool, meaning local funds have gone to support projects out of town.

Selina Wilson, community champion at Tesco Extra, in Burn Road, said: “Although still worthy causes and fantastic improvements for local communities, we want to see the money benefit Hartlepool and its people.

“There are so many positive things that could be achieved with this funding, it’s such a shame to see it going elsewhere.”

Approved applications go forward to be voted for in store. First place receives £5,000 with £2,000 to the second place winner and £1,000 for third.

Recently, Summerhill have completed a disabled access pathway, extending the opportunities for the Centre’s many disabled users.

And Waverley Terrace Allotments have made improvements to their space after receiving funding.

To submit an application for funding or for more information please go to tesco.co.uk/bagsofhelp.