The Royal Star & Garter Homes, which cares for ex-Service personnel and their partners living with disability or dementia, hopes to become one of the charities to receive funds 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 raised from carrier bag sales in stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are invited to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Caley Eldred is Director of Supporter Engagement at the Charity. She said: “We’re so excited to be part of the Tesco Bags of Help programme. We need to replace our minibus so we can continue taking residents on outings and activities, and to vital medical appointments. We’re hoping as many people as possible can pop their tokens in for The Royal Star & Garter Homes.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores until 28th February and 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 £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. 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.

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

You can vote for The Royal Star & Garter Homes at the following Tesco stores:

  • Chessington Hook Express, Hook Road, Chessington
  • Tesco Express, Richmond Road, Kingston
  • New Malden Express, High Street, New Malden
  • Norbiton Express, The Triangle, Kingston
  • Surbiton Hook Road Express, Hook Road
  • Tolworth Esso Express, The Broadway, Tolworth
  • Worcester Park Express, Malden Road, Worcester Park