Charity news / by Jennifer Kelly
Mon, 07/01/2019 - 09:00



A few months ago, the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust applied to be considered for a Tesco Centenary Bags of Help Initiative.

We are delighted to have been selected as one of three finalists locally. We hope it will bring much needed funds to local children with cancer.

Tesco Bags of Help initiative

To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork to deliver a special voting round of its community funding scheme which will see grants of £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000 awarded to community projects.

Three groups in each 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.

The GKCCT is one of the groups on the shortlist for the Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester region. Here is a little about the project we applied with: 

Cancer: Hospital to Classroom

Children with cancer miss a lot of school. This affects their learning and makes them feel isolated. We will use online technology with an AV1 robot to keep them connected with school and friends.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, they face extended hospital stays and often prolonged periods in isolation as their immune systems are not strong enough to cope with normal childhood illnesses.



We have already been able to offer the use of an AV1 robot to Oscar Saxelby Lee as part of a pilot project, but we have since received requests for three more local children who are also in need of an AV1 too.

With this project, the Trust is hoping to purchase between two and five special AV1 robots just like Oscar’s to let children with cancer attend school virtually rather than in person. Not only can AV1 help keep children from falling behind educationally, they can help improve their mental health and even physical recovery.

This project will work by bringing hope and reduced isolation for local children with cancer. 

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

If you are local and can vote in stores in Worcester, Hereford or Gloucester, we would be hugely grateful of your help.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already provided over £75 million to more than 25,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

Jen Kelly, founder of the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust said: “The use of an AV1 robot has brought so much pleasure to Oscar in such a short time, but there are so many more children that need it. This funding could buy between two and five machines for local children with cancer. Eventually we will need more than this number, but it would be an amazing start to help the children most in need. "

We are very grateful to Tesco for giving us this opportunity. If you are able to vote in store, we would hugely appreciate it.