We are celebrating after receiving £5,000 from Tesco.

The donation was presented to the Holme Farm Community Project, in Surrey, with the aim of creating an allotment that provides the opportunity for people of all backgrounds to gain skills, socialise, and get involved with helping the community and environment.

Tesco has made a total of £300,000 available to 60 charities and community projects that provide help for young people, including school breakfast clubs, food banks and charities supporting young people to manage mental health.

Christine Kendall, Holme Farm secretary, said: “We are so grateful to Tesco for this donation. It will make a significant difference to the lives of many people in and around Runnymede.

Historically, mental, physical and loneliness issues have been addressed in isolation through counselling, walking groups, gardening and other types of independent therapy or activity.

However, it is now being demonstrated that a holistic approach, with individuals working towards a common purpose, is more effective, and reduces the load on GPs and primary care services – and this is our aim.

In addition to the development of an outside space for a community allotment, our plans include the creation of a sensory garden, apiary, biodiversity and wildlife projects.

We also want to restore two buildings for carpentry, arts and crafts, IT skills, a meeting room, café and welfare room.

This project is designed to be fully inclusive and is aimed at all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all ages and orientations.

The Tesco funding will go a long way to helping our project and enhancing the lives of the people in our community.”

Tesco’s donation scheme ran in partnership with Heart and Smooth radio stations, with the aim of making a difference to young people across the country.

Claire de Silva, head of community at Tesco, said: “We wanted to reward fantastic groups who make such a difference to young people and families in their communities. We’re really proud of this campaign and pleased to be able to support the tireless work of charities such as the Holme Farm Community Project.”

Funding for the Holme Farm Community Project was part of a campaign that ran in addition to Tesco Community Grants, the in-store scheme where customers vote with blue tokens for community projects and groups, which has been helping local people since 2016.

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