The South Pennines’ Walk and Ride Festival has bagged £5,000 from carrier bag charge fund

Posted: 4.10.17

Funded through the sales of carrier bags, the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative, in partnership with Groundwork, has given much needed assistance to thousands of local community projects.

This summer shoppers voted for their favourite projects across the country including in the Halifax and Burnley areas. The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival has been awarded £5,000 in total having topped the polls in Halifax for £4,000 and coming third in Burnley for £1,000.

Adele Adams, South Pennines’ Walk and Ride Festival Co-ordinator, thanked everyone for their support. “We’d like to thank Tesco’s for giving us this great opportunity and we’d like to thank all the shoppers who took the time to vote.

“The festival is an annual event, which this year included over 140 events throughout the South Pennines. We have everything from strenuous hikes to heritage walks, and bike rides to off-road mountain triking, as well as horse rides and family events. This funding has helped us to put on events that cater for people’s different tastes and experience.”

The two-week festival takes place every September and is organised by Pennine Prospects, a champion of the South Pennines.

Alec Brown, 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.”

Voting ran in stores throughout the summer with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK. We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.”

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. For more information visit

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South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
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