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Sutton ‘Sing with Us’ Choir bags £3,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

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Tenovus Cancer Care’s ‘Sing with Us’ choir in Sutton is delighted to announce it has bagged £3,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £67 million to over 21,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Sutton ‘Sing with Us’ choir has been awarded £3,000.

Tenovus Cancer Care’s ‘Sing with Us’ choirs are for anyone affected by cancer. Dealing with cancer can be isolating and lonely. But research carried out by the charity shows that singing and being part of its choir makes an enormous difference. It lifts spirits, unites people, takes their mind off things and helps them to cope with cancer. It can even help reduce perception of pain, and the side effects of treatment.

Vicki Hodges, Sing with Us Sutton Choir Leader, said “We’re extremely grateful to receive this grant from Tesco and would like to thank everyone who voted for us for their support. If you’d like to know more about how singing can help people affected by cancer, head to tenovuscancercare.org.uk/singwithus for more information. It’s support with a difference, and it really works!”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December 2018 with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:  “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”