Three Teignbridge charities received a welcome cash boost when community-conscious colleagues at Newton Abbot Tesco Superstore handed out grants worth £3,000.
Heart Heroes, Teignbridge Girl Guiding and Bovey Community Fridge were presented with their grants by the store’s Community Champion, Janette Parker.
The good causes received their funding from Tesco’s Community Grants scheme, with shoppers able to nominate or vote for a charitable organisation. The scheme has donated thousands of pounds to Teignbridge good causes in recent years.
Heart Heroes helps children living with congenital heart disease by providing free days out for youngsters and their families, as well as arranging regular meet-ups and support. It was given £1,500 to buy defibrillator for the community.
Claire Horn, a local volunteer for the charity whose son benefits from its services, said: “We’re really grateful to Tesco for this funding.
“The benefits of the public defibrillator this money will buy really can’t be overstated. It will provide a quick response, improved survival rates, and will reduce the risk of long-term complications for those whose lives have been saved by it.”
Moira Stokes, another volunteer whose grandson benefits from the service, added: “A cardiac arrest can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults when they’re at home, work or out in public places. Without the correct treatment, cardiac arrests are often fatal with.
“However, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest increases from 6% to 74% if the casualty is in a shockable rhythm and a defibrillator is deployed within three minutes, so the equipment we buy with this funding really can save lives.”
Teignbridge Girl Guiding received £1,000 from the Community Grants scheme and Bovey Community Fridge, which distributes food to those who need it, was given £500.
Janette Parker, Community Champion at the Newton Abbot Tesco Superstore, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to give this funding to three groups that do such amazing work in our communities.
“Without the essential efforts of their tireless volunteers, many people’s lives would not be the same. We’re all really grateful to them for what they do.”
Funding received by these three good causes was the last under the Tesco Community Grants scheme because it has been relaunched as Stronger Starts.
The new scheme will help schools and children’s groups provide equipment for healthy activities or nutritious food and healthy activities, such as breakfast clubs or snacks, to support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing.
Teignbridge shoppers can support their local school and children’s groups by dropping the Tesco blue token they receive at checkout into the relevant voting box as they leave the store.
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