The Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey Team 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 up to £4,000, up to £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. The Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey team is one of the groups on the shortlist for East Anglia.
Club Chairperson, Naomi Adie explained what the club would use the funding for: “The Phantoms are looking to use the extra funding to provide access to the sport to more people. As a club we provide a place for people with or without a disability, irrespective of age or gender to come along and get involved in a fast paced sport.
“Over the past 6 years we have helped so many people to improve their overall fitness, or being part of their rehabilitation programme, and helping them to feel less isolated, by being part of a team and feeling more social. Most importantly we offer something fun that people want to come back again and again.”
Club Captain, Matt Coleman added “Currently, we cannot get everyone on to the ice as we don’t have enough equipment to go around. We hate turning people away, and with the funding we can stop doing this. We would like to buy additional kit, to ensure we can get everyone on the ice to start reaching their goals.
“At present we only have 1 hour of ice time every fortnight, between 11.30pm and 00:30pm on a Friday. With the remaining money we would like to add at least one additional session each month, so we can meet up on a more regular basis and help develop the players and the team. ”
The following Tesco stores in our region will be taking votes during January and February 2018
- Tesco Esso Express, Welland Road, Dogsthorpe, PE1 3SA
- Tesco Superstore, Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, PE6 8UD
- Tesco Express, Chadburn, Paston, PE4 7DH
- Tesco Express, 46-51 High Street, Stamford, PE9 2BD
- Werrington Superstore, Werrington Centre, PE4 6NA
To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 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: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. 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: “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.”
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.