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North Cumbria NHS calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco fund

Posted on Tuesday 27th February 2018
North Cumbria NHS calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco fund

Shoppers at Tesco stores in Whitehaven and Carlisle will soon be able to contribute towards two health art projects, which will benefit patients at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH), to a potential total of £8,000. 

The Trust has been approved to be part of the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme, with two projects being put forward to a customer vote in March and April 2018. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. 

Tesco launched its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every 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. 

In Whitehaven, the project that shoppers can vote for is ‘Musicians on Call for All’, a West Cumberland Hospital scheme. This looks to provide monthly live music events on wards and in the café at West Cumberland hospital to help soothe emotions, raise a smile and lighten the spirits of patients, visitors and staff. 

In Carlisle, the vote is for ‘Singing for Breathing’ at the Cumberland Infirmary. This project will offer a free weekly singing group for people with lung conditions, helping to manage breathing and being amongst others which offers a supportive environment. 

The schemes are part of NCUH’s new special interest group to develop Healing Arts programmes at both hospitals. The aim is to provide an environment which supports the delivery of better health, wellbeing and improved experience for patients, service users and staff.  

Susie Tate, arts co-ordinator for NCUH, said: “Healing arts initiatives, such as the two schemes in Carlisle and Whitehaven, are proven to benefit patients towards recovery, and we are working towards raising funds to make schemes happen. This is excellent news from Tesco, and however much we are awarded as a result will go a long way in benefitting those in need.” 

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”