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Day centre bags £4k cash boost from Tesco

A day centre in Swansea that provides social care support for adults with learning disabilities has bagged a £4,000 cash boost from Tesco's community grant scheme.


Birchgrove Special Needs Service was one of three good causes in Wales to be shortlisted for the supermarket's Bags of Help 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 awarded to local community projects.

Shoppers at Tesco stores were asked to vote for projects they felt were deserving of the money and the Swansea Council run centre at Lon Gwesyn that provides specialist help to adults has secured the top amount which will now be put towards brightening up the centre's garden and improving the sensory room.

Premises manager Lorraine Howells said it would make a real difference to those who attended the centre.

She added: "When we heard the news we had secured the top grant everyone at the centre, staff and clients, were absolutely thrilled. On behalf of everyone here I would like to thank all those who supported us.

"We've got some really exciting plans for the garden including a new shelter so that the people we work with can enjoy the outdoors even when it's raining. The money will also help to pay for decorations and sensory items for both the garden and sensory room."

Mrs Howells said as well as the money from Tesco the centre had received numerous other donations recently to improve the garden and the outdoor equipment and she was equally grateful for that support.

Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Mark Child, said: "This is a great facility and it's great to see it has such support in the community. I'd like to congratulate them on securing the grant."

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."

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.

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