Tesco customers in West Berkshire can support our young people with complex autism by casting votes in three stores.

Prior’s Court is currently one of three charities taking part in the Tesco Community Grants Scheme in the following Tesco outlets:

  • Tesco Express, High Street, Newbury
  • Tesco Express, Northfield Road, Thatcham
  • Tesco Superstore, London Road, Newbury

In the scheme, customers receive voting tokens after purchasing their shopping. The tokens are used to cast votes as shoppers leave the store.

The project with the highest number of votes will receive £1,500 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), the second placed project £1,000 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), and the third placed project £500.

Prior’s Court would use any monies received from the scheme to transform the gardens of our on-site residential homes.

Aimée Hoyle, our Fundraising Assistant, pictured above, said: “We are thrilled to have been put forward to the customer vote stage in the Tesco Community Grants Scheme.

“By transforming the gardens of our on-site residential homes we will be able to provide safe access to the outdoors, along with sensory and play equipment, for our young people, all of whom have autism, learning difficulties and complex needs. This makes a real difference to their everyday lives.

“We are hugely grateful to Tesco for including us in this project and we thank any customers who choose to vote for us in the coming months.”

Votes can be cast in-store until mid-January 2023.

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already awarded over £96 million to more than 46,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Tesco works with the community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/communitygrants.

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