AEDdonate are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

We’re delighted to say that AEDdonate is one of the groups on the shortlist.

After a very competitive application and selection process we have been chosen to be one of the groups in four regions across the UK

The regions are as follows:

South Scotland

North & East Yorkshire

West Midlands (Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire)

Oxfordshire and Berkshire

Jamie Richards, CEO of AEDdonate, said:

“we’re delighted to have been selected to take part in this great community initiative. As a small organisation it is a fantastic platform for us to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the benefit of having defibrillators out in the local community. Our aim is to increase the availability of defibrillators in all local communities ensuring there is no delay to any cardiac arrest victim.

Thank you to everyone at Tesco, The Groundwork UK team and all of the customers who continue to support us every day.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July and August and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, 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.”