Hunstanton community group calls for Bags of help from shoppers

Old Hunstanton Help Our Playground (HOP) campaign group. Photo: submitted. ANL-160211-154932001

Old Hunstanton Help Our Playground (HOP) campaign group. Photo: submitted. ANL-160211-154932001

A community group is urging shoppers to help them secure a grant in order to fund a new play area.

Campaigners for Help Our Playground (HOP) are asking Tesco customers in Hunstanton, Lynn, Gaywood and Downham stores to pledge their support to help get the money needed for a new playground in Old Hunstanton.

Until Sunday, November 13, shoppers at these stores can vote to nominate HOP to receive funding from the Bags of Help foundation, which redistributes money that the stores collect on behalf of the Government’s 5p plastic bag charge.

Led by a community group, HOP aims to raise funds for new play equipment in Old Hunstanton at a recreation site opposite the village’s Post Office.

They say that the current play equipment is dated and in need of replacement.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “The opportunity to achieve a Bags of Help grant would provide an enormous boost to our efforts, which have already generated funds through a number of organised events and sales over the past two years.

“Tesco’s 5p carrier bag charge generates £12.5m, with awards of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 to local projects and groups around the UK.”

Teenager Jade Sandy, who has been involved in the HOP project since it first started, said: “With just a small but concentrated effort from everyone, our community could benefit from a fantastic new play area for children to enjoy and spend more time playing outdoors.”