Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is one of the groups on the shortlist, and is raising funds towards QNew, an exciting programme of building improvements which will allow the Theatre to make high quality theatre in developed spaces. The funds will contribute towards supporting a number of exciting projects throughout 2019. If all the £1million required is raised, these will include:
- Equipping a new dedicated rehearsal facility on site for the first time in the Theatre’s history
- Dedicating a bespoke new space for the Theatre’s expanding range of learning and participatory work with the local community
- Creating a special room for local and regional artists to try out new ideas
- Building a new look ground floor Bar to complement the busy Café
- Making front of house and backstage much more accessible to D/deaf and disabled people
- Replacing outdated equipment so that it’s cheaper and safer to run
- Installing better air conditioning in the foyer so everyone can be comfortable all year round
- Ensuring the roof and exterior of the Theatre are weather proofed for the future
Voting is now open in Tesco stores across Hornchurch, Elm Park, Romford, Rainham, Brentwood, Collier Row, Cranham and Shenfield until Thursday 28 February (The full list of branches can be found at queens-theatre.co.uk).Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tom Lowe, Relationships Officer at the Queen’s Theatre says, ‘It’s an exciting time for the Theatre and this grant would go a long way in making the Theatre much more accessible for wheelchair users, parents and children and those who enjoy our dementia and relaxed performances. We now need your help to make it happen. Please ask for a token and consider voting for us!’
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: ‘Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.’
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: ‘Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain 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.’
For more information about the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and QNew visit