Dementia care scheme ‘bags’ Tesco grant to help residents grow

Our specialist dementia care facility in Grimsby has been awarded £4,000 by Tesco to build new allotment areas for its residents.

Cranwell Court on Cambridge Road, which provides specialist dementia care and care for vulnerable older people, received the award through the supermarket giant’s Bags of Help initiative.

Staff at the centre, which is operated by L&H Homes, will now use the grant to finish an allotment area in the grounds of its residential unit and build a sensory area and allotment plot for residents of its Enhanced Dementia unit.

Cranwell Court staff receive their donation from Tesco

Cranwell’s Lead Activities Facilitator Jacky Aisthorpe, said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have won this money from Tesco. It will allow us to really make the most of our empty space in the grounds to the benefit of our residents. 

“We will be able to create daily activities out in the garden, encouraging residents to grow vegetables and take part in planting watering, weeding and harvesting. 

“The sensory garden will be a place where the residents can go to enjoy the beauty of a garden with things to do, see, touch and smell. 

“It will also be an area where they can share quality time with their families and friends in the great outdoors, benefitting from the fresh air and exercise that comes with it.

“We have dreamed about this project for some time but now we have the funds to make it a reality. We are so thankful to Tesco, as are our residents.”

“We have dreamed about this project for some time but now we have the funds to make it a reality. We are so thankful to Tesco, as are our residents.”

Jacky Aisthorpe, Lead Activities Facilitator, Cranwell Court

The Bags of Life scheme sees money raised from reusable carrier bags sales invested into local projects across the country. Each time a customer shops, they are offered a token at the checkout to vote for the project they want the money to go to.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded £67 million to more than 21,000 groups across the UK.

Keith Jackson, Bags of Help Manager at Tesco, added: “We’re very proud to support Cranwell Court with building their allotment area and sensory garden for their residents.

“We look forward to seeing the project come to life, showing first-hand how a Bags of Help grant can have a positive impact on local communities.”

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