A BRADFORD centre is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative.

Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local projects.

Three groups in every community have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for the winners.

Sedbergh Youth & Community Centre is one of the groups on the shortlist.

They are looking to fund a Healthy Start for Toddlers project which will encourage pre-school children to eat healthily and offer social skills development sessions at the centre twice a week.

Sedbergh's Lucy O’Farrell said: “We are very thankful for this funding opportunity from Tesco Community Grants which will help us run a fantastic resource for pre-school children.

"We firmly believe that good habits start from an early age so we look forward to being able to offer healthy snacks in a fun way.

"The sessions will also provide a safe environment for young children to get active and mix socially which is a great way to develop social skills in time for school life.”

Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.” 

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive.

"By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK.

"We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”