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Every vote counts as adult service looks for bags of help

A day centre in Swansea that provides a home from home for adults with severe learning disabilities is bidding to bag a big cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

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Birchgrove Special Needs Service is one of three good causes in Wales to be shortlisted for the community funding scheme run in partnership with the charity Groundwork, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 - raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.

From November 1 shoppers can head along to Tesco stores in Swansea to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The service, which is based at Lon Gwesyn and provides specialist help to adults with a range of needs, will put the cash towards brightening up the centre's garden and improving the sensory room.

Premises manager Lorraine Howells said the service already enjoyed tremendous support from the community.

Pupils at Birchgrove Comprehensive are raising money for the centre, students from Neath Port Talbot College have helped with decorating the building and the service users are looking forward to a visit from pupils from Birchgrove Primary School to sing carols at Christmas.

Tesco staff have already helped the centre by providing sofas and redecorating the main lounge.

Mrs Howells said: "We can't thank the community enough for all their help and support to date. We would now ask them that if they are shopping at a Tesco store could they please vote for us as we have some really exciting plans to help brighten up the lives of our service users."

Voting is open in in the Tesco stores listed below throughout November and December. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Cllr Mark Child, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "This is a great facility, and it's good to see the community supporting it. I wish them luck, they will certainly be getting my vote."

Tesco's Bags of Help project, which has seen them team up with the charity Groundwork, has already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: "We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities."

Groundwork's National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

 "We've been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

"We're looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life."

The Tesco stores where you can vote:

DE LA BECHE SWANS EXP   SA1 3EZ

GOWERTON EXPRESS        SA4 3EZ

SKETTY SWANSEA EXP      SA2 9BX

PONTARDDULAIS RD, CADLE, SA5 4BA.

SWANSEA LLANSAMLET SA7 9RD

SWANSEA FABIAN WAY      SA18 EP 

SWANSEA LANGDN RD EXP   SA1 8QY

SWANSEA MARINA  SA1 3RA

SWANSEA NEWTON ROAD EXP SA3 4AS

SWANSEA STHLEN RD EXP   SA1 1ZH

SWANSEA UPLNDS CR EXP   SA2 0EY


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