A CLUB in Bradford for disabled people is bidding to bag a cash boost from supermarket giant Tesco.
Bradford PHAB Club is on the shortlist to win one of three grants as part of the retailer’s Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the community funding scheme, which sees prizes of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – 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.
PHAB chairman Akbar Khan said the club would use the cash to “deliver a multi-sport holiday camp and film-making project for disabled and able-bodied children with additional needs and life-limiting illnesses to increase confidence and learn new skills”.
He added: “Please vote for our Phabtastic project to raise much needed funds for this fantastic cause.”
Voting opens in stores today and continues throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the checkout in store each time they shop.
Fifteen Tesco stores across Bradford district are taking part. They are: Buttershaw; Peel Centre; Crossflatts; Ilkley; Bradford Extra; Haworth; Ilkley Express; Manningham Lane; Bolton Road; Sunbridge Road; Leaventhorpe; Undercliffe; Skipton; Baildon; and Low Moor.
The Bags of Help project has given more than £27million to more than 3,500 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.
Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
To find out more about the initiative, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp. For more information on PHAB, visit www.bradfordphabclub.org.uk.
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