It’s voting time again, but this time for your favourite local charity! Sight for Surrey, a small but invaluable Surrey based charity, a lifeline to the blind, visually impaired, Deaf and deafblind, need your token vote at your local Tesco store in Ashford to help them bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The Tesco Bags of Help initiative sees grants of £2,000, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects and Sight for Surrey hope to be in with a chance of winning £2,000 with the backing of the wonderful town of Ashford and continue to support local residents like 16 year old Niamh who suffers from a rare genetic eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Lisa Fletcher, Head of Fundraising at Sight for Surrey said, “all money raised through the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme will help fund an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Ashford Hospital whose job is to provide emotional and practical support for those of any age with a sight impairment or combined sight/hearing loss. Losing your sight or hearing can have a devastating effect on your independence, day-to-day living and mental health. As the number of people with a sight loss is set to increase in the next 25 years, due to diabetes and obesity, rates of both which are going up, there is no greater need than now to provide”.

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme has already provided over £80million to more than 27,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different local community groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January, February and March and customers will cast their vote using a blue token given to them at the checkout each time they shop.
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 Tesco