Boldmere Bear Legacy Fund Bags £2000 from Tesco

Boldmere Futures Partnership is delighted to announce it has bagged £2000 from the Tesco Bags of Help funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Thousands of shoppers voted in local and it can now be revealed Boldmere Futures Partnership has been awarded £2000 towards the Boldmere Bear Legacy Fund target of £5000.

The Legacy Fund will help secure the Boldmere Bear’s future on our high street for years to come, as well as ensuring it remains at the heart of the community.

Alongside the maintenance costs, Boldmere Futures Partnership is looking to create an educational legacy that will inspire the local community to engage in arts and education projects. We will work in partnership with our local artist to deliver these educational sessions in local schools and to the community as a whole. These would be delivered through art, dance, music and history workshops. We would also like to produce a Boldmere history trail, signage and a teacher’s support pack. 

As we are located by Europe’s largest natural parkland, we are also looking to link into projects and activities that promote health and wellbeing. We have total support from The Boldmere Bullets (our local cycle and running group) as well as other local sports and health groups. 

Work has already begun to raise money for the Legacy Fund with the launch of the Boldmere Bear Mega Summer Raffle, click here to find out more information.

Chair of Boldmere Futures Partnership, John Lymn, said: “Boldmere Bear looks very at home on our high street and we’re delighted the community has fallen in love with it. Now the hard work begins again as work to secure our bear’s future here in Boldmere and we’d like to encourage everyone to give what they can to help Boldmere Bear be a force for good for years to come.”

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

To find out more about Bags of Help, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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