The Royal Star & Garter Home in Surbiton was delighted to receive £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme…

Tesco customers had been given the chance earlier this year to vote for the Charity and two other good causes at Tesco Express stores using blue tokens at the check-outs. It has now been revealed The Royal Star & Garter Homes received the most votes, and with it the biggest slice of the grant.

The Charity cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia. The Bags of Help grant will go towards a new minibus to take residents on outings and to medical appointments.

Caley Eldred, Director of Supporter Engagement, said: “This is such wonderful news for the veterans we look after. Our current minibus is at the end of its useful life, so we’re raising money for a new one, which will play a key role in the quality of care we provide. We’d like to thank Tesco and all those who voted for us.”

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, its provided more than £71 million to over 23,000 local community projects.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, 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.”