Seashell Trust needs bags of help from shoppers to win funding

Seashell Trust students manning their car wash, which they are hoping to improve through Tesco Bags of Help funding.
Seashell Trust students manning their car wash, which they are hoping to improve through Tesco Bags of Help funding.

Profoundly disabled students in Stockport are hoping to bag shoppers’ support for its community car wash.

Seashell Trust is part of this month’s Bags of Help scheme at six local Tesco stores, including the Handforth Dean store.

Shoppers can back a specific charity with a blue token given out at the checkout.

The project that receives the most tokens will be awarded a grant of up to £4,000 with the money coming from the sale of plastic bags.

Seashell Trust provides care and education for disabled children and young people from Cheshire and across the country through its special school, college and residential homes.

They have some of the most complex needs and disabilities including deafness, blindness and autism, combined with physical disabilities and profound learning difficulties. All have some brain damage and little or no ability to communicate.

Seashell Trust is planning to use the money raised for a community work skills project. It enables its students to develop lifeskills to become valuable members of the community.

Wendy Bray, fundraising manager at the charity, said: “Opportunities for young people like this are very limited, which is why we have created the car wash project.

“It is an excellent work experience opportunity not only in developing skills around confidence, decision-making and teamwork as well as creating a sense of worth and being a valuable part of the community.”

The charity needs funding for equipment and a canopy to run the car wash in all weathers.

Wendy added: “Seashell Trust is delighted to have been chosen to benefit from the fabulous Bags of Help scheme and we would be so grateful if shoppers would choose us for their blue token.

“By doing so they will give a young person with profound disabilities the chance to be a valued and valuable member of our community – something the rest of us often take for granted.”

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