CRY chosen for Tesco Centenary Grant initiatives across the UK

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant 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 CRY supporters are being urged to head along to Tesco stores and vote for CRY.

In an extremely competitive process, Cardiac Risk in the Young is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of the groups in 10 regions across the UK. These regions are:

  • Highland & Islands/North East Scotland
  • North West (Cumbria & Lancashire)
  • Greater Manchester
  • South Yorkshire & Lincolnshire
  • Mid and West Wales
  • East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland)
  • West Midlands (Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire)
  • East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire)
  • South London
  • Cornwall

Voting closes in


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Voting is open in all Tesco stores in these areas from July until the end of September and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

Depending on the outcome of the customer vote, CRY will either receive £25,000, £15,000 or £10,000 for each of these regions, which will go towards cardiac screening for people aged 14-35 in these local areas.

Dr Steven Cox, Chief Executive of CRY comments; The vast majority of CRY’s community screenings are funded by bereaved families who have been tragically affected by a young sudden cardiac death, so there is no charge to the individual when CRY’s mobile cardiac screening service comes to a local venue. Their support is both tireless and humbling and we simply would not be able to roll out our nationwide programme without this continued fundraising.

“That’s why we are so thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative. Our ‘CRY families’ are based in every region of the UK and it will mean a great deal to them all to see further awareness of CRY in Tesco stores, in the heart of their own communities.

“This is a truly community-based initiative and we are very proud to be a part of it. Thank you to Tesco, your staff and customers for helping us to save young lives.”

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, added:

“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.

If you’re in one of the 10 regions and want to find your local Tesco store, visit the page here

To raise more awareness of this, why not also post a video or photo on your social media of you voting for CRY tagging @CRY_UK and using the hashtag #bagsofhelp.

Volunteering Opportunities

There is also the possibility of CRY holding raising awareness stands in stores across these regions, so please email and let us know if there are any dates from now until the end of September that you would be available for and also the specific Tesco supermarkets that you would be able to attend and CRY can arrange this with the relevant stores.

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