Health Stars Calls Out for Votes to Bag a Share of Bag Charge Fund

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Health Stars calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund.

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

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every 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.

Health Stars is one of the groups on the shortlist to raise money for a Mobile Biometrics Unit for the Community Stroke Team.

A Biometrics Unit is a clinical computerised system that uses gradable exercise in different movement ranges which provides upper limb and cognitive therapy intervention for patients recovering from stroke. It utilises motivation and repetitive activity which has been evidenced in stroke rehabilitation to be therapeutic, effective and fun!

Amanda Gilpin has been pursuing the development of out-patient upper limb clinics for Stroke survivors in this county for several years which is only possible with a mobile unit. The mobile unit is a way of seeing several people for upper limb or/and cognitive therapy in one afternoon; increasing the number of patients who can be seen for therapy.

The unit will be used within patient clinic settings in hospitals and GP practice areas such as Withernsea, Bridlington and Goole as well as for people who cannot access the clinic on the ward at Beverley.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout July and August. 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 delivered over £30 million to more than 4,600 projects up and down the UK. 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.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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