Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each 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.

Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices are one of the groups on the shortlist.

Our community care team need a new Wheelchair-Adapted Vehicle (WAV) to bring children  and young people living with life-threatening conditions to the hospice for vital respite care.

The vehicle will also provide a means for children and families to go out and spend some quality time together, making memories, supported by a hospice nurse.  

Lynn Piatczanyn, Community Care Coordinator said: "Hospice community care offers a lifeline for families, who can become very isolated due to the ill-health of their child. Having reliable wheelchair adapted vehicles is crucial to ensuring we can reach all the children and families who need us across a wide, rural area."

Voting is open in all North Wales Tesco stores from October through to December and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. So if you're a Tesco shopper, please look out for the voting tokens next time you're in store and please vote for us as we desperately need a new Wheelchair-Adapted Vehicle to transport seriously ill children to and from the hospice.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. 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:

“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”