Shiplake Scout Group Calling for Votes at Tesco to Get Grant for New Roof

1st Shiplake Scout Group is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

1st Shiplake Scout Group are one of three groups in every Tesco region to have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.  The Scout Group are looking for funding to replace their roof on the Scout Hut which is badly leaking.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Scouting is the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6-14 year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we can make a positive impact in our community.

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them 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.”

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

  1. Neil Gunnell says:

    Can we give some equal publicity to the other groups in the running? This cause seems very worthy but perhaps so are others. Surely they key is to draw people’s attention to all of the options and why they are asking (as with the worthy request here) rather than perhaps pulling the rug from under the other two?

    Further, it might be good to capture and communicate the Waitrose equivalents each month?

    Good luck to the scouts within that.

    • Ernie Povey says:

      Maybe the other groups have posted their appeals elsewhere. I did not set out to “Pull the rug from under the other two.” I just wanted to publicize our appeal.

      I find if you don’t ask you don’t get.

      See: for further information on the 1st Shiplake Scout Group.


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