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Cancer charity wants votes

CLIC Sargent are hoping for a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative.

To celebrate Tesco’s centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

CLIC Sargent is one of the groups on the shortlist. Funds raised will be specifically for CLIC Sargent’s “Home from Home” in Southampton called Jean’s House. This provides a haven for families of young cancer patients to stay in, so they can be close to Southampton Hospital.

Liz Blunt, local Fundraising Engagement Manager for CLIC Sargent said: “Having our home, Jean’s House, is crucial for families coping with the emotional worries of a cancer diagnosis. It helps reduce financial costs, but also means that families can stay close together at such a difficult time. We don’t receive any government funding, so it’s thanks to our supporters that we can provide this essential service.

“I would be really grateful if Tesco customers can put their blue token in the CLIC Sargent box to join our fight for young cancer patients. A huge thank you to local Tesco stores for their support.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores from July to September 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 provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain.

The Lord Mayor of Portmouth, with CLIC Sargent, Tesco and Groundworks representatives.

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