CHARITABLE causes in Bury have benefited from a huge £7,000 boost thanks to Tesco's Bags of Help scheme.

Customers voted for three charities to benefit from the latest round of grant funding.

Winner of the scheme, Bury Hard Of Hearing Support Group, has been handed £4,000 to buy a loop system for their classroom at the Mosses Centre, and to fund a teacher who can help with lip-reading and basic signage.

The funding was raised through sales of plastic carrier bags at Tesco in Bury throughout March and April.

Tesco Bury store manger Chris Stuart said: "We are extremely proud to be a part of the Bury community and to help these local community projects."

Wendy Howarth, Tesco community champion, added: "Bags of Help is our exciting local community grant scheme, supported by Groundwork.

"The scheme funds thousands of local projects across the UK."

Tottington Big Day Out were voted second by customers, and have received a massive £2,000 to fund a stage at the event and to support other activities on the day.

One of the organisers Kieran Coe said: "I would personally like to thank Tesco customers for voting for us."

A cheque for £1,000 was given to Brandlesholme Residents Association, who were voted third by Tesco shoppers.

The residents association will use the funds to make and clear the pathway in Brandlesholme.

Councillors Martin Hayes and Susan Southworth, along with the association treasurer Anthony Lloyd attended the cheque presentation along with other residents.