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Vote for St Ann’s Hospice to bag cash for Little Hulton sensory garden


St Ann’s Hospice is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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 plastic bag charge 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.

This month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

St Ann’s Hospice has been shortlisted and hope to be able to build a sensory garden in their Little Hulton hospice gardens for patients to enjoy.

The hospice provides care for thousands of patients and their families and carers each year across Greater Manchester, who are affected by cancer and life-limiting illness.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have been shortlisted for this fantastic initiative, we hope all our supporters will get behind it and vote for St Ann’s with their token.

“It would be fantastic to win this grant and build a sensory garden so that our patients are able to sit with their families in a beautiful landscaped area allowing them time for peaceful reflection.”

Voting is open in stores from 26 September to 9 October.

Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

In the first round of Bags of Help 1,170 community groups won funding worth a total of £11.7 million.

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.

“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.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.”

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