Friends of Peak District’s charity bid

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Friends of the Peak District has been shortlisted for a cash award - and needs local residents to cast their votes in Tesco stores this month.

The charity is in the running to receive either £5,000, £2,000 or £1,000 - all raised from Tesco’s 5p bag charge - once voting closes on February 25.

Now the charity is appealing for local shoppers to support them, in their bid for the top grant.

Julie Gough, spokesman for the Friends of the Peak District, said: “We’ve devised a beautiful 192 mile long distance walk following the stunning scenery around the Peak District National Park boundary.

“We need this fund to help support the development of the walk which we hope will encourage walkers to enjoy the whole of our beautiful Peak District on Sheffield’s doorstep.”

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants awarded to local outdoor community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award. Shoppers can vote for their favourite using tokens given to them at the check-out each time they shop in store.

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.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 UK projects. Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for details.