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Vote for The Abbey with Bags of Help tokens

The Abbey calls out for votes to bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

The Abbey is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.


The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative. Grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – are being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award.


Shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.


The Abbey is one of the groups on the shortlist in this region. The school has plans to develop a log cabin retreat to help students with special educational needs and disabilities cope with the stresses of learning. The cabin will also be used as an outdoor classroom.


Headteacher, Nathan Aspinall, explained:

“At The Abbey we value the acquisition of life-skills for our students on a par with their academic progress; horticulture and forestry studies are embedded in the curriculum. The school also has long-running lunchtime and after school gardening clubs. When not in use as an outdoor classroom, the new accommodation will be used for small group and individual reading and academic intervention, therapy and counselling sessions, and as an area for quiet reflection for students who need to withdraw from their lessons for a period in order to refocus.”


Voting is now open in local Tesco Express stores and the Aldershot superstore. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.