Cornish homeless charity St Petrocs has been awarded a £25k grant from Tesco.

Tesco marked its centenary year with two special Bags of Help funding rounds, with a £100k funding pot allocated to good causes in Cornwall.

And following a customer vote, in the second round St Petrocs received £25k, the Sensory Trust £15k and Beach Guardian CIC £10k.

St Petrocs will use its funds to provide Cornwall-wide support for people experiencing homelessness.

Dave Brown, the charity’s communications manager, said: “We’re really grateful to Tesco and their customers for this funding. A great many people in Cornwall find that they have nowhere to call home and can end up having to sleep outside.

“We can use this money to fund services which will offer assistance to some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable citizens, offering them shelter and help finding somewhere to live.”

The Sensory Trust will use its funds to create a series of dementia-friendly activity groups meeting across Cornwall every week – providing social support and time outdoors for those living at home with dementia.

Victoria Hutchinson, development manager at the Sensory Trust, said: “We are delighted to be selected as one of the recipients of Tesco’s Centenary Bags of Help funding. This is a massive boost for the organisation and will make such a huge difference to our dementia-friendly outdoor activity groups across Cornwall.”

Beach Guardian’s money will go towards visiting Cornwall schools to engage, educate and empower children against plastic pollution.

Rob Stevenson, co-founder of the charity, said: “We are really grateful to Tesco for this funding. It will make a big difference to many people’s lives. The money will go towards school workshops in Cornwall to ensure that children can Engage, Educate & Empower Against Plastic Pollution.”

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