Cheque this out!

Published on: Wednesday, 12th June 2019

A bumper £2,000 cheque was presented to Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team on Tuesday (11th), a cash boost to help continue an arts project that works with older people.

The money was awarded to the team thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme and will be used to further develop and deliver creative projects for older people across the borough.

Arts Development Officer Katherine Brown was joined by Erewash Museum volunteer Brian Moon to receive the cheque from Tesco.

The arts team, which is based at the museum, successfully applied for Tesco’s scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from sales of its bags for life.

Voting ran in the supermarket’s stores in Ilkeston and West Hallam throughout March and April, with shoppers able to use tokens to vote for three local groups.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We are grateful to everyone who supported us and a project that is invaluable in helping boost the wellbeing and happiness of older people in our community. The money has helped ensure that our team, working in partnership with artists, can continue their Arts at the Heart project in Erewash over the next year.”

The project uses a wide range of art, from older people working together with children in local schools to artist workshops in residential homes.

Tesco’s Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork.  Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

PHOTO: Arts Development Officer Katherine Brown and Erewash Museum volunteer Brain Moon with the £2,000 cheque.


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