Bexley Mencap bags Tesco funding for inclusive summer holiday

PUBLISHED: 13:14 06 March 2018

The funding will enable the chairty to organise an inclusive holiday. Picture: Groundwork

The funding will enable the chairty to organise an inclusive holiday. Picture: Groundwork


Bexley Mencap has been awarded £4,000 to organise a caravan holiday especially for people with learning disabilities.

Apprentice electrician Gemma Scarlett, 22, from Dagenham. Picture: Barking and Dagenham CollegeApprentice electrician Gemma Scarlett, 22, from Dagenham. Picture: Barking and Dagenham College

The charity, which provides support and activities for people with learning disabilities, applied for a Tesco Bags of Help grant to provide a weekend away for its recipients in Bexley, designed to promote growth and development and greater community involvement.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s community grant scheme, where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund local projects in communities across the UK.

Community groups of all kinds can apply for up to £4,000, and customers vote in store for the project they would like to fund.

Groundwork, the community charity with a green heart, administers the funding.

For almost 20 years, the charity has been at the forefront of environmental and social support in London, changing places and lives for the better.

Nick Marsen, from Bexley Mencap, said: “Those in supported living, or living alone in care, are often not able to afford holidays designed for their special needs.

“We are delighted that Tesco is supporting our work to provide this opportunity for people with learning disabilities in Bexley.

“As well as providing a chance for people with learning disabilities to enjoy the leisure facilities we often take for granted, the holiday will provide invaluable respite care to family members to have a break from full time caring responsibilities”

Two other Bexley groups were also awarded funding in this round of Bags of Help grants.

Mental health charity Re-Instate won funds for its W-rap project, providing packs of useful items to hospital patients, while conservation group Friends of the Shuttle were awarded a grant to help its work restoring the Old English Garden in Danson Park.

Manjit Bassi, community leader at Tesco, said: “It’s great to see the positive impact Bags of Help is having in Bexley.

“The scheme has been able to support community groups across the borough, and customers love hearing about how the projects they have voted for are helping members of the community.”


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