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Borough of Poole has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Borough of Poole’s project ‘Life’s a Beach’ has been awarded £10,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.

Almost 20 percent of the working population in the UK are disabled. Peak tourist times, such as bank holiday weekends, can be a reminder of how many places remain inaccessible to them. As our beaches are one of Poole’s most attractive and popular assets, it is important to us that all of our residents are able to enjoy and access them without limits.

The Mobi-Mat provides this access point, with a Mobi Chair allowing a seamless transition from the beach to both the mat and water. The chair is designed for all and can be taken into the sea to help those with impaired ability. As few beaches have pioneered schemes that include ramps and the use of wheelchairs, we are proud of our continued commitment to support initiatives that will help disabled residents with everyday tasks and make our beaches accessible to all.

Cllr John Rampton, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Borough of Poole, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Borough of Poole has been awarded £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

“This will help to make Poole’s beaches more attractive and accessible to both our residents and visitors. I look forward to seeing the benefits and enjoyment that the Mobi-Mat and Mobi Chair will bring.”

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”

Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.

Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.

“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.

“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally. 

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