East Devon Tesco shoppers’ votes help trio of charities plant trees, give carer breaks and boost kids’ reading skills

East Devon’s Tesco customers have voted to plant thousands of new trees across the county, provide breaks for unpaid carers, and increase child literacy.

Tesco marked its centenary year with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, giving a £100,000 funding pot to Devon.

The winners of the second round have now been revealed – Devon Wildlife Trust has been awarded £25,000, Westbank received £15,000 and £10,000 was given to Libraries Unlimited South West.




Libraries Unlimited South West.


Devon Wildlife Trust

The winners of the first round of Centenary Grant funding in Devon last year were Devon Air Ambulance Trust, and two Exmouth-based charities – HeadsUP Mental Health Awareness Limited and Pete’s Dragons.

Devon Wildlife Trust will use its funds to combat Ash dieback disease by planting thousands more of the trees across the county.

Peter Burgess, the charity’s director of conservation and development, said the funds would make ‘a huge difference’ in helping the wildlife and landscapes of Devon recover from the loss of thousands of ash trees to the ash dieback disease.

He said: “The grant from Tesco will help us grow, plant and nurture thousands of native trees, helping to replace the gaps left by missing ash.

“It will mean that we can work with communities across Devon in caring for trees which will provide pleasure for people and a vital resource for wildlife for decades to come.”

Westbank will use its funds to ensure that Devon’s unpaid carers get a break and are able to find out about further support.

Billy Hartstein, Devon Carers spokesman, said: “The funding we receive will enable us to enhance and provide more support to adult carers across Devon.

“In particular, we will use the funding to deliver healthy breaks for carers in Devon.  Without the financial support through this grant scheme from Tesco, we would not be able to deliver additional support such as this.

“So from all at Devon Carers, we thank everyone concerned for including us in the centenary celebrations.”

Kate Mackenzie, Libraries Unlimited spokeswoman, said: “This donation will enable us to refresh our existing reading schemes to create an exciting new scheme which is relevant for today’s children.

“Our new reading activity will make reading fun and rewarding for children over five. We’ll be working with young people, schools, parents and carers to create the new scheme.”

Keith Jackson, Tesco Bags of Help manager, said: “Congratulations to the recipients of our Bags of Help Centenary Grants. They’re all worthy winners and we hope this funding helps them continue their important work in our communities.”

Bags of Help applications have opened for 2020 and customers are invited to vote for the project they wish to receive the top prize using blue tokens handed out at checkouts.

Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months.

Find out more about Bags of Help here


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