Trust bags cash prize to deliver Hem Heath sessions in 2019

The county’s largest nature conservation charity is saying ‘thank you’ after bagging a cash boost to deliver free sessions for youngsters and give them a chance to play and explore at Hem Heath Woods nature reserve in Stoke-on-Trent.

Thanks to shoppers who voted for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s project, the Trust has been handed a grant of £4,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Coupled with Children in Need funding, that means the charity can run its popular Wildlings sessions at its Hem Heath nature reserve every week through April to September 2019.

The sessions give youngsters a chance to play outdoors and take part in activities like mud kitchens, toasting marshmallows and bug hunting. The sessions also give parents and carers the confidence to play outdoors with their children.

The Trust’s project was one of three shoppers could use to cast their vote for.

Katie Shipley, Senior Wildchild Officer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We were delighted to find out we had won the top prize and that so many shoppers had voted for us.

“One of our missions is to get younger people outside and playing in green spaces. Evidence has shown it improves children’s ability to deal with stress and focus attention as well as improving social skills.

“Hem Heath Woods is one of our key nature reserves in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, so this is a great story for us for the New Year and we’d like to say a big thank you to all those people who chose our project.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. 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.

To find out when the sessions are running, head to www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on