August 18 2017

Wildlife Club boosted by shoppers

Alzheimer’s Support is delighted to announce it has bagged more than £4,000 from Tesco after winning an in-store vote by shoppers.

The money, raised from the sale of 5p carrier bags, will go towards extending our fortnightly Wildlife Club, which celebrates its first birthday this month.

The club, run in partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, meets fortnightly at Lower Moors nature reserve near Cricklade, where people living with dementia and their carers meet to explore the great outdoors and take part in nature-themed activities.

Sarah Marriott, Community Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Support said: “The club is so valued by members, many of whom have a rural background and who love the opportunity to explore nature in a safe and supported environment. The club is also a great way for people to meet and socialise. This money will help to pay for our facilitator and keep the club running into the future.”

Voting was held in Tesco stores during May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to support through a token scheme.

Bags of Help, run by Tesco in conjunction with Groundwork, has awarded more than £33m to around 6,300 local projects since it was started in 2015.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. The great thing is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”