How the carrier bag charge could boost a Wearside charity

Rita Grey and Brian Ellison volunteers at the Easington Lane Communty Access Point, Brick Garth, Easington Lane
Rita Grey and Brian Ellison volunteers at the Easington Lane Communty Access Point, Brick Garth, Easington Lane
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A lifeline Wearside community hub could bag a share of a £12.5million fund raised through carrier bag charges.

Easington Lane Community Access Point (Elcap) is bidding for a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Rita Grey and Brian Ellison volunteers at the Easington Lane Communty Access Point

Rita Grey and Brian Ellison volunteers at the Easington Lane Communty Access Point

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award, with Elcap one of those shortlisted in its area.

Over the course of the next few weeks shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

If successful, Elcap, in Brickgarth, would be able to improve its play area facility.

A spokesman for the community hub said: “This will allow the many children that attend our Toddlers group to enjoy and experience new and improved facilities and give their parents reassurance that they are safe and happy.

“It will also allow us to encourage more families to attend our centre and access the many other facilities we have, while the children are in a safe environment playing and learning in the play area.”

Voting is open in stores from September 26 to October 9. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success. In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.

“We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.”

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.”