CRY to Receive £165,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant Initiative

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) would like to thank all those that voted for us in the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative. CRY were bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative. To celebrate Tesco’s Centenary, the supermarket had 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.

CRY was one of three groups that were shortlisted in 10 different regions across the UK to receive the cash award and CRY is proud to announce that we will be receiving £165,000 as part of the initiative. Here are the results for each region:

  • East Anglia – 1st Place: £25,000
  • East Midlands – 1st Place: £25,000
  • West Midlands – 1st Place: £25,000
  • Greater Manchester – 2nd Place: £15,000
  • Mid and West Wales – 2nd Place: £15,000
  • North West – 2nd Place: £15,000
  • South London – 2nd Place: £15,000
  • Cornwall – 3rd Place: £10,000
  • Highland & Islands/North East Scotland – 3rd Place: £10,000
  • South Yorkshire & Lincolnshire – 3rd Place: £10,000

Voting was open in all 900 Tesco stores across these areas for the three months between July and September and the £165,000 grant which will go towards cardiac screening for people aged 14-35 in these regional areas. The grants will not only be a fantastic contribution towards CRY’s screening programme, but the awareness of being on the boxes placed in all Tesco stores in these regions is invaluable. 

Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY comments; “This is fantastic, what an end to this amazing campaign – and what a great start to our 25th anniversary year (2020)! We were so honoured to have been invited to be a part of this incredible community-based initiative, the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant, and overwhelmed by the news that CRY will receive £165,000 to help fund screenings across the UK – all thanks to the support of Tesco shoppers who voted for us with their tokens.

“This will pay for around 3,300 young people from 10 different regions, to be offered free cardiac screening. Research shows that one in every 300 of the young people that CRY tests, will be identified with a potentially life- threatening condition.

“Many CRY supporters and families affected by young sudden cardiac death have really got behind this campaign too, spending their spare time in various Tesco stores across the UK, talking to shoppers about the work and services that CRY funds to help prevent these tragedies. So, this initiative has been a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness as well as funds.”

Once again thank you to all of those that voted for us and a big thank you for all of our supporters that held awareness stands in their local Tesco stores.

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