Swindon & Wiltshire Pride bags grant from Tesco’s community scheme

By Claire Dukes - 30 January 2019

CommunityArts and Culture

Support from the Swindon community has bagged Swindon & Wiltshire Pride second place in Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

After applying for Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme last year, Swindon & Wiltshire Pride have been awarded funding after winning second place.

The Bags of Help scheme runs in partnership with Groundwork who look to support local charities and community projects by offering them grants of up to £4,000. Last year Tesco shoppers had the opportunity to vote from November to December 2019 with allocated tokens provided at the checkouts. Since launching in 2015, the scheme has provided more than £67 million to over 21,000 local community projects.

John Edwards Grant Manager said “We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. The community were fully behind us, even sending photos of themselves voting for us.

"Swindon & Wiltshire Pride is a much-loved local event, promoting equality and diversity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, added: “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.”

The money received from the grant is set to go towards the running of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride. The organisation was unable to host the event last year due to a lack of volunteers. This year the group have confirmed that Pride will take place 10 August.

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.”

Kristian Wheeler, Swindon & Wiltshire Pride chairman, added “A massive thank you to everyone who voted. The hard work doesn’t stop here, Swindon & Wiltshire Pride takes a lot of funding and hard work to make the event a success. We ask businesses local and nationwide to support your Pride events, continuing to promote equality and diversity.”

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