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‘Bags of Help’ is a lifesaver in Flint

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Café staff members Laura Ralph and Carol Bradbury are pictured with the new defibrillator and catering first aid pack

Thanks to funding support from the ‘TESCO Bags of Help’ programme, staff at the Old Court House Café and Community Heritage Hub in Flint are  helping to make the area a safer place to be as they have been able to purchase a new defibrillator and first aid kit.

Clwyd Alyn also topped up the £1,000 from TESCO Bags of Help with a further £113 towards the overall cost and also provided training from our Corporate Training Budget enabling staff from elsewhere in the Group to also refresh or gain new training.

Louise Blackwell, Community Development Officer said: 

“This will make a massive, potentially lifesaving, difference, not just to customers and clients at the Old Court House Café and Hub, but also to the wider community as the local NHS ambulance services and 999 operators can call on us should they need to in the case of any emergency nearby.”

“We’d like to thank TESCO and all who shop there for helping us benefit from their ‘Bags of Help’ scheme and also to environmental Charity Groundwork who organise the community funding.”

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £48 million to over 13,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and The Old Court House Café and Community Heritage Hub in Flint was one of the local beneficiaries.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: 

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

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

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK 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.” 

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 

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