CADOS calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund


CADOS is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS) is one of the groups on the shortlist.

CADOS has been based at Chorley Little Theatre in the town centre since 1960 and are looking to expand into the empty restaurant next door. Money raised from this campaign will go towards fitting that building up to be a multi-purpose venue that will expand and enhance the entertainment CADOS offers to the town.

CADOS Chairman Ian Robinson said “This is an exciting time for us and the new space will enable to us to stage more shows and give more opportunities (on-stage and off) to local talent that can be enjoyed by the whole community. It needs a lot of work to get ready, so this scheme goes some way to helping us with that.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January and February and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

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.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Vote at the following Tesco Stores:

Chorley PR7 1NW
Chorley Buckshaw PR7 7EL
Leyland PR25 2FN

Express Stores:
Leyland - Earnshaw Bridge - PR25 1XD
Leyland - Canber Road PR25 3ET
Clayton-Le-Woods - PR25 5TU
Preston - Blackpool Road PR2 1XJ
Preston - Church Street PR1 3BQ
Preston - Friargate PR1 2LD
Preston - Fulwood PR2 9PS
Preston - Ribbleton PR2 6RJ
Preston - Tulketh Mill PR2 2BT