Bantham SLSC is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 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.
Bantham SLSC is one of the groups on the shortlist!
We are requesting funding for new surf rescue boards which are crucial equipment for training our developing lifeguards and helping to provide a safe beach environment for all beach users.
“Bantham surf life saving club trains and develops current and future lifeguards using rigorous junior, youth and senior training programs. Qualified club members also volunteer to patrol the beach on Sundays during the summer, when on peak days there can be up to 4000 people on the beach.
Surf rescue boards are a crucial piece of rescue equipment but have a limited lifespan and need replacing every few years. They are used by lifeguards to rapidly reach casualties and deliver them safely back to shore, often in challenging surf conditions.
Youth and senior members train regularly using the rescue boards, with the goal being for members to achieve nationally recognised lifeguard qualifications and volunteer to patrol the beach on Sundays, as well as providing a pool of qualified lifeguards for the RNLI. Many young members go on to work with the RNLI on beaches across the South Hams.
Having funding to purchase 4 more rescue boards to replace boards which are nearly at the end of their usable service, will enable the club to continue to provide regular, effective training to our members and ultimately increase the likelihood of saving lives on our beaches”
Voting is open during November and December - Get a token and vote every time you shop!