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Bags of Help for March Street Pride with £4k Tesco grant

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A volunteer community group is celebrating after securing thousands of pounds to help them create a new floral project in March.

Bags of Help for March Street Pride with £4k grant. (7164387)
Bags of Help for March Street Pride with £4k grant. (7164387)

March Street Pride has been awarded £4,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme, Bags of Help, after being voted for by shoppers.

The funding will be used to enhance two shrub beds outside the George Campbell Leisure Centre, and to create a new flower-filled boat feature.

Frances Murray, chairman of March Street Pride, said: “We’re delighted to have won the maximum grant available from the Tesco Bags of Help community scheme to create an eye- catching floral display. Winning also means a lot to us as a group as we were voted for by the public, so a big thank-you to everyone who voted.”

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland's portfolio holder for the environment, which co-ordinates Fenland’s 16 Street Pride groups, said: “This grant scheme sees local people decide how money should be spent in the community, so it’s wonderful to see them support Street Pride and recognise the fantastic work volunteers do in their area. This project will be a great addition to the town.”

The March Street Pride project was one of three local good causes which were voted on by customers at Tesco in March, throughout November and December last year. Grants of £1k, £2k and £4k were available, with March Street Pride scooping the top amount.

Run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, the scheme sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Since launching in 2015, the scheme has provided more than £67 million to over 21,000 local community projects.

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