November and December voting starts for Keith Tesco Bags of Help

The 1st of November saw the start of the Tesco Bags of Help campaign for November and December 2017.

Three organisations compete over two months for your blue community tokens in order to be awared the top sum of £4,000, followed by £2,000 and £1,000 respectively. Over the next two months Friends of Newmill Primary, Keith Primary School and Keith Royal British Legion will be looking for your vote.

Friends of Newmill Primary require funding to develop the outdoor learning area at Newmill Primary School. They want to turn their courtyard into an outdoor classroom as well as enhance their playground so that it can be a more stimulating and active place for children.

Keith Primary School are also looking for funding to develop their playground and garden so that they can create a positive playtime by sparking the children’s imaginations, fostering creativity and enhancing teamwork.

The final group looking for funding is the Keith Royal British Legion who would like to use the money to restore the Keith War Memorial. Upon completion of the restoration works they would like to offer talks to schools, clubs and anyone else who would be interested in learning more about the history of the memorial.

Tesco Bags of Help has come about due to the Government plastic bag 5p charge levy, which must go to charity. As a result Tesco came up with the Bags of Help scheme which asks customers to award the top amount to their preferred cause.

In the past, Keith Tesco were in a group with six other stores so that customers were not always voting for local causes. However, this changed in May 2017 and Keith Tesco now operate this on an individual store basis. This means that only local causes are benefiting.

Since August 2016 Keith Tesco have awarded a total of £45,000 to a number of local organisations including K.E.R.B.S, REAP Den Project, The Loft Youth Project, Keith and Dufftown Railway, Keith Sports Trust and 2nd Keith Scouts Group, with a further £14,000 still to be allocated to the groups from the last and current rounds.

As you can see this is an excellent initiative and benefits all of us in one way or another, so make sure you get your token at the checkout and back your favourite cause. The blue tokens are usually distributed by checkout staff or are on the self scanners, however, if you don’t receive one or can’t see one, please ask a member of staff who will happily provide you with one.