Brighouse Baker Boys project bags £2,000 from Tesco scheme

Carole Roberts, a director at LoveBread, Brighouse
Carole Roberts, a director at LoveBread, Brighouse

LoveBread, Brighouse’s community bakery, has announced it has bagged £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

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Since launching in 2015, it has provided more than £48 million to over 13,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed LoveBread CIC has been awarded £2,000.

The money will go towards a project called “Brighouse Baker Boys”, focusing on teaching men how to bake different breads.

John Wardle, workshop leader at LoveBread community bakery in Brighouse, said: “Taking place in our community kitchen at No.7 Martin Street, our male bakers and volunteers will run free workshops for men and boys (aged over 11) to learn how to bake different breads over five free sessions. It is open to individuals, sons, fathers and grandfathers, friends and colleagues.

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"The common link will be a social event for men to meet with a real purpose. Brighouse Baker Boys will provide time and space to develop bread making skills and improve health and well-being.

“The first session will run for five weeks, starting on Monday, May 14 from 6pm to 8pm. You must reserve your place via our website,”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s head of community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who 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 January and February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

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Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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