Christmas came early for service users and staff at Victoria House who were awarded the top grant of £12,000 through the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative. The centre jumped at the chance to participate in the Bags of Help scheme, which offered community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags, and were absolutely delighted with the final result.

The initiative was rolled out in Tesco stores located across Hull, from Monday 31st October – Sunday 13th November. The public were able to vote in store to decide which community group or project should receive either the £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 award. Staff and service users worked extremely hard to promote their project, including Activities Coordinator, Angela Hardie and service user Simon appearing on David Burns aka Burnsy’s BBC Radio Humberside morning show on Wednesday 9th November to talk about the initiative and their plans. Angela Hardie, Activities Co-ordinator from Victoria House, said:

This is fantastic news and we are so thrilled to have been successful and got the £12,000. Thank you from all our service users and staff here at Victoria House to all the Tesco customers that helped us achieve this!

Victoria House’s project is called Green Fingers and is being held in conjunction with Groundwork, who are working with Tesco on this initiative. Receiving the full £12,000 grant will enable the centre to build the highly anticipated new greenhouse, which will be fully adapted for the residents so they can engage in gardening projects and increase their physical activity and well-being. Accessible flower beds will also be purchased, to increase the use of the already fabulous outdoor space at Victoria House. Most exciting perhaps is that because the highest amount was awarded, service users will work with a local designer to create a water fountain for the sensory garden.

Victoria House supports people with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and arthritis, multiple sclerosis and disabilities resulting from accidents or a stroke. As well as providing physical care, it is committed to ensuring that people have control over their lives and are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

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