Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home bags £4,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme


Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been awarded £4,000 in the Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme, it has been announced.

Millions of shoppers voted in Tesco stores across Scotland throughout November and December 2018, with customers choosing the local project they would like to receive the award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Bags of Help gives Tesco customers the chance to cast their vote between three different community projects each time they shop. At the end of each voting period, three community groups or charities in each of Tesco’s regions across Scotland are awarded funding.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home will use this funding toward a memorial tree in the newly established Reflection Garden at the rehoming site on Seafield Road. The tree will provide a unique way for members of the public and the Home’s staff to memorialise animals they have lost. Individuals will be able to dedicate a leaf on the tree in the name of a beloved furry friend and use the garden as a quiet space to reflect on the life of that animal.

Alanna Brady, Special Gifts Fundraiser at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home said:

“This is a project the staff at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home have wanted for a number of years. The garden and the bespoke memorial tree will help to promote a conversation about the importance of animal bereavement and help our community and staff memorialise the lives of beloved animals. We are so thankful to Tesco for this opportunity and to everyone who voted for this project in stores.”

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity greenspace scotland, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £8.1 million to more than 2,600 local community projects across Scotland.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, 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 look forward to seeing even more projects come to life.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, added: “At all stages Bags of Help involves local people – as awardees, as Tesco colleagues in decision making and as voting customers. The many funded projects have connected people, encouraged volunteers and allowed groups to do things for themselves and make positive contributions where they live. All adding up to an amazing legacy across Scotland.”

In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

Funding is available to groups and charities looking to fund local projects that benefit local communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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