Tesco funds Brixham's WW1 memorial


Tesco funding has provided inspiring images of soldiers and civilians to commemorate the Brixham people who gave their lives in the First World War.

Brixham Future received £1,000 from Tesco to complete the eye-catching memorial at the town centre car park, which also includes an array of symbolic red poppies.

The memorial marks the centenary of the First World War, and Brixham Future members are now aiming to complete the second part of the public artwork before unveiling it on Remembrance Sunday next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

This will be part of Brixham Future’s town celebrations in 2020, with free public events and exhibitions.

Brixham Future received the funding courtesy of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which has been running for four years in collaboration with the charity Groundwork.

John Brennan, Project Leader of Brixham Future, said: “We’re very grateful to Tesco for this money. Our town suffers from reducing foot-fall, so we wanted to create something that would be of interest to locals and visitors, as well as something inspiring that we can all be proud of.

“This project is a high-impact initiative marking loss in war and subsequent suffering. We have had great feedback from local people so far, as well as strong support from the likes of the local branch of the British Legion, Parish Town Council and Harbour Authority.”

Bags of Help has provided more than £79million to more than 26,000 community projects. Tesco customers vote in-store for their preferred local project, using the blue token given to them at the checkout. Every two months Tesco hands out grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 in each of its towns.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers who get to decide how the money will be spent in their community.”

Brixham Future is a community interest company, using funds such as those from Tesco to enhance the town.

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.
“The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

To find out more, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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