Tesco’s Bags of Help blue token voting scheme has awarded £1,166 to Sight for Surrey’s Eye Clinic Liaison Officer project that was in Tesco Ashford & Express between January and March. The instore voting was brought to an early close, due to Coronavirus, in order to reduce physical touchpoints for colleagues and customers and Tesco are temporarily removing the blue tokens from the checkouts in a further effort to reduce the spread of the virus.

In addition the Tesco’s Bags of Help COVID 19 Communities Fund has awarded £1,500 to the Charity from three Surrey stores to help the Charity to continue to provide support and assistance to those with a visual impairment and or hearing loss.

Lisa Fletcher, Head of Fundraising at Sight for Surrey said, “at this critical time, money is vitally important to help us continue providing help, support and assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in Surrey.”

Sight for Surrey’s Eye Clinic Liaison Officer provides emotional and practical support for those with a sight impairment or combined sight and hearing loss. The project provides the bridge from diagnosis and treatment to subsequent care. The service will ensure people receive early intervention and access to emotional support as they go through the shock and grief process of coming to terms with the fact that they now have a disability that is going to impact on their daily lives

Sight for Surrey is an ambitious charity offering a lifetime of support to people who are blind or partially sighted, Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. Our mission is to support people to overcome their day-to-day challenges, achieve their potential and lead an independent life.

Tesco’s Bags of Help COVID 19 Communities Fund is a one-off £500 payment to support work directly related to the pandemic. The awards will be made once a week in each of the nearly 600 Tesco regions nationally. 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 £79 million to over 26,000 local community projects.