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Bags of help

Bags of help

Residents living at a DAMHA sheltered housing scheme have received bags of help from the local community in achieving their aim of having a sensory garden.

The Residents’ Group at Bulmer House in South Sheilds have been raising funds, via raffles and fayres, towards the creation of a sensory garden.

Their dream has now become a reality after shoppers at the local Tesco store voted it the most deserving project – through the store’s Bags of Help scheme – and £5,000 has been awarded to
build the garden.

Derek Malcolm, Manager of Bulmer House, said: “We’re very thankful for the generosity of Tesco for their scheme and their customers for purchasing bags and voting for this vision.

“The sensory garden will replace the current patio area of the garden, which is underused, and there will be raised beds housing perennial plants which will stimulate peoples’ senses through colour, scent and texture.

“The prime aim of the garden is to engage residents of Bulmer House and the surrounding properties in a space which will increase participation and hopefully improve the quality of lives of residents, particularly those who are too frail to travel any great distance.

“Now we have the funding in place, we’re hoping to complete the project within 12 months, or earlier if possible.”

Bags for Help is a scheme set up by Tesco to support communities in the areas where it has stores. The scheme, which is administered by the Groundworks charity, is funded via the sale of 5p carrier bags.

Three community projects in each local area are voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in its area gets a grant of up to £4,000 (this has been recently been reduced from the £5,000 that Bulmer House received), second place receives up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Customers are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in stores.