Shoppers to help deliver Tesco Centenary Fund

Shoppers to help deliver Tesco Centenary Fund

Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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Shoppers to help deliver Tesco Centenary Fund

Tesco customers in Northern Ireland are being invited to cast their votes to help community projects bag up to £50,000 this summer. The supermarket is marking its Centenary with not one, but two £100,000 community grant funds in Northern Ireland this year.

The first of these concentrates on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits, with a particular focus on groups tackling cancer, heart disease and diabetes, in line with the retailer’s National Health Partnership.

Customers will cast their votes for shortlisted groups AWARE, Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI and Northern Ireland Hospice using blue tokens handed out at checkouts from July. Grants of £50,000, £30,000 and £20,000 are up for grabs.

Another voting round for three more projects will launch later in the year, with a total of six projects sharing in £200,000 through the Tesco Centenary Fund over the course of 2019.

Brendan Guidera, Tesco’s Store Director in Northern Ireland, said:

“In 2019 we are celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers. And what better way to mark this occasion than to offer “little helps” to those making a difference across Northern Ireland, starting with those projects helping to transform our health and wellbeing.

 “We encourage our shoppers to register their votes while in store and help to support these fantastic community groups.”

The scheme will run in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

“We’re excited to be supporting the Tesco Centenary Fund, giving community groups the opportunity to apply for funding that can make a positive, long-lasting legacy in Northern Ireland.”

Karen Collins, Chief Executive at AWARE said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by Tesco to compete in the Centenary Fund.

“If we win the £50,000 grant, AWARE will create a generation of young people with the tools and skills they need to have good mental health, resilience and the ability to deal with problems in their lives. The money would allow AWARE to train one teacher and one pupil from every post-primary school across Northern Ireland in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis, given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.”

Mary McCall, Director of Commercial and Brand Development at Northern Ireland Hospice, said:

“Tesco has made the wonderful decision to celebrate its 100th birthday by supporting causes close to its customers’ hearts and we are so pleased that Northern Ireland Hospice has been short-listed for public votes.

‘This is a great opportunity to engage with Tesco’s customers and raise public awareness on the work of Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Our ‘Wellbeing for Life’ programme – which this would support - operates in both our hospices for adults and children, and goes hand-in-hand with our clinical services to help patients – young and old – to live well, for as long as possible, in spite of their complex conditions.

“The Centenary Fund is a fantastic way for Tesco to support local charities like us and is an example for the business community in Northern Ireland.”

Colette McMorrow of Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI, said:

“Whilst research has come a long way, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia patients still have some of the poorest outcomes amongst all blood cancers.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted in the Tesco Centenary Fund. A grant would help us launch our MyBlock project, which aims to help the most vulnerable patients, improving survival rates and quality of life.”

To find out more about the Tesco Centenary Fund, visit


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