We Move She Moves bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

August 7, 20180

We Move She Moves is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £56 million to over 16,000 local community projects.

The grant will be used to subsidise Learn to Run courses in Potters Bar and Shenley. Learn to Run is an eight week course aimed at total beginners who want to build their running confidence in a safe and friendly environment. The course is aimed at those who have always wanted to get running but have felt they were not fit enough, fast enough or strong enough. Participants are gently introduced to running before the intensity increases over the weeks.

The Learn to Run course will start on Tuesday 4 September at Oakmere Park. This course will run every Tuesday for eight weeks from 7pm to 8pm. Details of the Learn to Run course in Shenley will be available soon.

There will also be a Learn to Run course from Monday 3 September at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, every Monday for eight weeks between 7pm and 8pm.

The Potters Bar course costs £15 and if you would like to find out more or book your place, email community.services@hertsmere.gov.uk or to find out more about We Move She Moves, visit www.wemoveshemoves.me.uk

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Learn to Run is a great course that enables people to get fit and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle at a pace that suits them. Thanks to the Bags of Help community grant scheme, we are able to open this up to residents in Potters Bar and Shenley at a reduced cost for the first time.

“If you’d like to get running, but anxious about starting, then I’d encourage you to book on to this course. It’s a friendly and inclusive running club, so you’ll get fit and have a great time too!”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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

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