Tesco funds Forest Skills

FROM campfire cooking to bug house building, local people with learning disabilities are benefitting from weekly sessions in Forest Skills thanks to support from Tesco and its Stratford shoppers.

A cheque for £1,000 has been handed to Heart of England Mencap to fund the sessions as part of its day activities for local adults with learning and physical disabilities. The money was raised through Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ blue token scheme, which ran at its Stratford superstore and at the town’s Tesco Express earlier this year.
Weekly Forest Skills sessions are now able to run every Monday at Bearley Scout Hut, led by Heart of England Mencap’s Activities Coordinator and Forest Skills leader Kate Buttrick. She said: “It’s something our customers really enjoy – getting outdoors and learning new skills while learning about nature and about conservation too.
“We do campfire cooking, woodwork, we build bug houses, we learn about nature and conservation. Thank you to Tesco and to all of the shoppers who put their token in the box to support our charity – the money is having a real impact on the local people we support.”
Photo: Learning new skills - Graham Roberts, Tesco’s Community Champion, presents Kate Buttrick, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, and Heart of England Mencap customers Josie, Sandra and Becky, with a cheque for £1,000.