Project to help blind people enjoy Thornham Walks near Eye, Suffolk in bid for Tesco Bags of Help cash

Thornham Walks near Eye, Suffolk. Picture: WAVENEY AND BLYTH ARTS

Thornham Walks near Eye, Suffolk. Picture: WAVENEY AND BLYTH ARTS - Credit: Archant

A nature project to allow blind and visually-impaired musicians to enjoy some of Norfolk's best woodland could be in line for a cash boost from the country's biggest supermarket chain.

Thornham Walks near Eye, Suffolk. Picture: WAVENEY AND BLYTH ARTS

Thornham Walks near Eye, Suffolk. Picture: WAVENEY AND BLYTH ARTS - Credit: Archant

Waveney and Blyth Arts is bidding for a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for its Sensing Nature project, which will allow visually-impaired musicians to create outdoor public performances inspired by the sounds of the birds, insects and animals at Thornham Walks, near Eye, Suffolk.

The Sensing Nature Sound Trail will take place on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 at Thornham Walks and is one of three projects shortlisted to receive grants of either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 raised by the supermarket from the 5p bag levy.

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.

Jan Dungey, secretary of Waveney and Blyth Arts, said: 'We are really chuffed that Tesco Bags of Help has selected this project, which will provide a rewarding experience for the people taking part and a new way of experiencing the natural world for those who come and hear the performances.


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'We really hope that lots of people will vote to support it.'

Voting is open in stores at Diss, Saxmundham and Aldeburgh throughout May and June.

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Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco's Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5m to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.'

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund projects that bring benefits to communities.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations by applying online at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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