Friday 25 January 2019

Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity 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.

We're thrilled to have been shortlisted for one of the grants at the main Tesco store in Guildford and Tesco Express stores in Bridge Street and Milford. If we receive the most votes, we'll then receive the biggest grant. We want to use the grant to provide sensory equipment to benefit children with learning disabilities or autism who visit the hospital.

Vicki Ward, Paediatric Learning Disabilities Nurse at Royal Surrey County Hospital, said:

Children with a learning disability and/or autism often have many hospital appointments and can have more hospital admissions compared to their peers. It can be difficult for many children with a learning disability and/or autism to be able to access traditional toys and activities, and this can lead to boredom, delays in their recovery and difficulties coping with procedures.
“The sensory equipment will make a real difference to children visiting the hospital and can help to improve their experience and outcome – please show your support by voting in the main Tesco superstore in Guildford or Tesco Express in Bridge Street or Milford before the end of February.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

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