TENBURY Teme Valley Band is hoping to bag a cash bonus from supermarket chain Tesco.

It is hoping to secure the boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Tenbury Teme Valley Band is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The band is seeking to purchase new instruments, music and equipment to help with their aim, which is to give children and adults the opportunity to learn an instrument and have fun making music, whatever their ability or financial circumstances.

Mary Smith, one of the founders of the band, said that over the past 26 years the band has raised a considerable amount of money for local and national charities and has given anyone who wishes to do so, the chance to develop a love of music by learning to play a musical instrument of their choice.

Band members come from all backgrounds and are of all ages – the youngest member is just six years old, while several senior citizen players continue to derive great pleasure from developing their music skills.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £33 million to more than 6,400 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.