Tesco shoppers in Wirral have chosen Bee Early Years charity to give a £10k grant to as part of a celebratory Community Grant one-off funding campaign.
Earlier this month, shoppers across selected Tesco stores were given the chance to take part in a lucky dip to find specially created gold versions of its iconic blue voting token. The total amount being given away in gold tokens was worth £1million in grants to local good causes.
Bee Early Years was one of three local charities available to vote for in the Tesco Bidston Moss Extra store to receive one of the 100 £10,000 Golden Grants.
The £1million donation marks £100 million in Tesco Community Grants being given to more than 50,000 good causes since they were launched in 2016. Good causes that have benefited include breakfast clubs, food banks, Meals on Wheels, playgrounds and green spaces, parks and green spaces, counselling and support services for young people and children’s sports teams.
With many small, often volunteer-run groups facing rising costs, Tesco Community Grants are vital at the moment to help them keep going. The current cost of living crisis is also seeing many groups starting to offer hot meals or warm spaces in addition to their usual services.
Claire De Silva, head of communities and local media at Tesco, said, “These events across the country were not only a really fun occasion in store, with our colleagues and customers really keen to get involved but also an important opportunity for people to choose a local good cause to receive the £10,000 grant. Hopefully this will help to make a difference to everyone that they continue to support within our communities.”
Rachael McCoosh from Bee Early Years charity, said, “When we were told Bee Early Years had been chosen to receive the golden grant we were in complete shock; there were tears, laughter and lots of disbelief.
“The difference that this money will make to the charity is hard to express but it means we can continue to bring this community space back to life.
“Not only can we provide a beautiful and safe space for the families that come together to receive help and support each other through some of the most difficult times but we can also offer a home to other amazing community organisations.
“This money helps us to develop this much-needed lifeline which is an amazing legacy from Tesco – we are forever thankful.”