Lichfield shoppers to help decide how carrier bag charity cash should be dished out

Three local groups are in the running to take home a share of £20,000 raised from the new charge for carrier bags.

Shoppers at the Tesco Extra store in Lichfield will get the chance to vote for who should get a £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 grant.

The money is part of an £11.5million fund created using the 5p carrier bag charge.

The groups in the running in Lichfield are:

  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
  • Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group
  • Hodge Lane Conservation Group.

Tesco’s Caroline Silke said: “The money raised by customers through the carrier bag levy will go directly to the local community through our Bags of Help initiative.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing how our customers will vote in Lichfield and these three great local projects coming to life.”

Voting is open in store from February 27 until March 6, with shoppers able to vote using a token from the check out.

Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in April.

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