Peterborough community groups benefit from Tesco grants

Community groups across Peterborough have been given grants thanks to Tesco.
A dozen groups have received grantsA dozen groups have received grants
A dozen groups have received grants

With £500 grants still up for grabs, a total of £6,000 has been given to groups across the local area since lockdown, with Tesco providing an extra £4 million of extra funding to groups across the UK reacting to the pandemic. The grants are part of the retailer’s £30 million package of support to help local communities tackling the Coronavirus outbreak.

Groups in Peterborough which have benefitted from the grant include Peterborough Foodbank, Peterborough Citizens Advice Bureau, Open Door Baptist Church, Helplines Partnership, Little Miracles Charitable Organisation, Holme Village Preschool and Deafblind UK.

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The supermarket is now encouraging even more groups in Peterborough to apply for its £500 grants to help them in their work.

Keith Jackson, Local Communications Manager at Tesco in the East, said: “Due to the sustained need for the emergency support we’re seeing from local community groups, we took the decision to extend the scheme’s deadline beyond the original 12-week mark.

“We’re already working with all kinds of groups up the length and breadth of the country, all of whom are in urgent need of a cash boost in order to go on providing local people with vital services, but we’ve widened this even further.

“Whether you are from a homeless charity, a foodbank, or a support network for vulnerable individuals, you could qualify for some immediate financial support.”

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Tesco Group CEO, Dave Lewis, said: “Our stores are at the heart of the communities we serve and as well as supporting our customers and colleagues, we want to help those who need it most, locally. We will significantly boost our food donations programme, to ensure food banks and community groups have the supplies they need; whilst giving extra resources to the British Red Cross and focus our Bags of Help scheme to deliver more community support where its most needed at this difficult time.”