Winchester’s Paralympic Personal Bests needs YOUR help to bag a share of Tesco’s grant funding

Winchester’s Paralympic Personal Best event has been shortlisted to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and you can help – but be quick, as voting closes on 30 June.

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

Three projects 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.

Winchester’s Paralympic Personal Best event is one of the groups on the shortlist at local stores, along with ORCA (teaching local school children about dolphins and whales) and FWRD (Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution). Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store, each time they shop. The participating stores are Alresford Express, Kings Worthy Express, Market Winchester Express, Harestock Express and  Winchester Extra.

Winchester City Council, in conjunction with Winchester Go LD and River Park Leisure Centre as well as a number of key partners, celebrate the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games every year by providing a day full of sports activities for those with a range of additional needs to take part and compete against their own ability.

The aim of this event is to bring children and adults with additional needs together, to take part in a safe event providing an opportunity for participants to enjoy a range of sports which will promote and raise awareness of disability sport

Participants will also be provided with a clear route if they wish to continue any of the sports beyond the summer.

Calum Drummond, Sports Development Manager for Winchester City Council, said:

This event has become increasingly popular over recent years proving our commitment to develop disability sports participation within the district. The joy that this day brings to everyone involved makes the months of hard work and planning worth it.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 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.

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.