Sandy Bear bags £2,250 from Tesco’s Stronger Starts scheme


Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will receive £2,250 that it will provide resources used to support their Sandy Cubs (0-5 year olds) and teenagers (12-18 year olds) who have been bereaved of a loved one.

Sandy Bear has been running since 2017 to ensure children, young people and their families are able to understand death, to fully express their grief and manage loss in a positive way which builds resilience and better equips them for life in future. Their approach means they know they are not alone, and others are going through similar experiences.

Hannah Beer, Events, Volunteer and Marketing Manager said, “For charities like ours, each grant we receive allows us to support more children and young people across Wales to ensure we can provide them with the best opportunities to have positive life outcomes. We are extremely grateful for the support of the Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock communities for voting for us during this round of funding.”

To boost funds for extra food and activity equipment, Tesco is introducing a £5m grant programme, in partnership with Groundwork UK, to give children across the UK a stronger start in life. The grants will help schools and children’s groups provide nutritious food and healthy activities that support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing, such as breakfast clubs or snacks, and equipment for healthy activities.

Tesco’s Stronger Starts – previously Tesco Bags of Help and Tesco Community Grants – has already provided over £110 million to more than 60,000 projects across Britain.

Claire de Silva, Tesco UK Head of Communities and Local Media, said: “Helping schools and children’s groups access the food and resources they need is vitally important in getting children a stronger start in life. Children with enough food have more energy, better concentration, and ultimately achieve more too.”Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s UK Chief Executive, said: “As a community charity, we have seen first-hand how schools and other groups supporting young people have been playing a much bigger role in ensuring children are getting a healthy start to the day and getting access to spaces and services to support physical activity and mental health. Family budgets are tight and school budgets are tight, but it’s so important that children stay fed, fit and focused, so we’re delighted to be able to prioritise these activities alongside Tesco with the Stronger Starts programme.”