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Do your shopping at Tescos? Commit to the Trust at the same time!!

Cambridge United Community Trust is bidding to bag a vital 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.

Cambridge United Community Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist. The potential funding will help our Down Syndrome Football sessions enormously to continue to grow and develop further!

Every Saturday morning, football players with Down’s syndrome come to Impington Village College Sports Centre to play football in a safe and friendly environment.
The sessions have become so popular that the sports hall is divided into two halves based on age. Parents and Siblings are encouraged to join in with the football which gives an opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Our Disability Sports Officer, Phil Mullen runs the session and is assisted by volunteers from the football sessions he runs for people with cerebral palsy.

A disabled person is still half as likely to play sport as a non-disabled person and Down’s Syndrome is no exception within this. As a society, we should seek to challenge and change this trend so that we can enable disabled people to view taking part in sport as a practical lifestyle choice. We have seen the way that taking part can develop the players’ self-esteem and confidence.

This funding is needed to allow the project to continue because although the participants pay a small fee, it does not cover the costs. Increasing the fees would put up a barrier to participation and so is not something we would want to consider.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in August and customers can 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 £52 million to more than 16,000 projects up and down the UK. 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.”

The Bags of Help tokens are in these Tesco stores:

East Road Tesco Express, CB11BG

Newmarket Road Superstore, CB5 8HE

Clifton Road Tesco Express, CB17DZ

Cherry Hinton Tesco Express CB19HU

Chesterton Tesco Express, CB41NX

Fulborun Cherry Hinton Superstore, CB19BF

Great Shelford Tesco Express, CB225EY

Hills Road Tesco Express CB21NW

Mill Road Tesco Express, CB13AN

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