The Pelvic Partnership calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Written by Lucy Ryan, the Pelvic Partnership, January 2018. 

The Pelvic Partnership is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores 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 which cause they think should take away the top grant.

We are delighted that the Pelvic Partnership YouTube video project is one of the charity projects on the shortlist for funding.

Voting for our charity project is open at the following Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Please help us to raise as much money as possible by voting at:

  • Didcot Tesco Superstore – OX11 9BZ
  • Cockcroft Tesco Express, Didcot – OX11 8LL
  • Cholsey Tesco Express – OX10 9ND
  • Gatehampton Road Tesco Express, Goring – RG8 0ER

Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) affects around 1 in 5 pregnant women, with many local women affected. It is a treatable condition with manual therapy and research suggests without intervention many women are unlikely to recover. This project is needed because treatment offered is variable across the country and women are often wrongly told that nothing can be done to help them.

We will produce a YouTube video providing key information about how to treat and manage PGP. This video will include a demonstration of assessment and manual therapy treatment by an experienced physiotherapist. We currently provide information via our publications, website, and telephone helpline and this video will help us demonstrate effective treatment on an easily accessible platform: YouTube.

This project will have a significant influence on raising awareness of PGP and its treatment, and will improve the lives of pregnant women locally and throughout the UK. Here are a couple of examples of women the Pelvic Partnership have helped to access the right treatment and support:

Mollie’s experience of PGP: ‘During my pregnancy in 2014/2015 I suffered with severe PGP. The Pelvic Partnership website was the only source of information I could find that had detailed and accurate information about the condition. What hit me most was the emotional side of PGP, the isolation and sudden ‘disability’ that appeared overnight. I was forced to give up work for 6 months until my baby was born and many times your website made me feel like I wasn’t alone or going crazy! 

A year on I was still struggling with PGP and I finally saw a physio on your recommended practitioners list. I walked out of there pain free for the first time in 2 years, an absolute miracle. Now I have lots of exercises to do daily but I am much much better and will return to my physio to have a check over. 

You can not see the difference you are making through a website, there are many people like me who have used it for information and never actually made contact. Remember the thousands you are helping without even knowing it! Thank you ever so much from the bottom of my heart. I will recommend you and continue to raise awareness of your amazing service.’

Jenny had PGP symptoms for six years. It started in her first pregnancy and got worse with each pregnancy. In her third pregnancy she was on crutches from eight weeks, used a wheelchair from 28 weeks, then was bed bound from 34 weeks. She eventually found the Pelvic Partnership helpline and was encouraged to seek manual therapy treatment for her symptoms. She went on to receive treatment from an osteopath who has changed her life: “I can’t thank you enough, I spoke to someone from the Pelvic Partnership on the phone and they told me if I didn’t see a manual therapist I would be likely to have this pain for the rest of my life. I was scared to see someone who was going to click around my bones but after talking on the phone I knew I had to see someone. I found an osteopath and CANNOT BELIEVE that I’m pain free. It is an absolute miracle. I’ve had the pain so long now I just accepted it into my life. Thank you so much. I’m going to start to be normal again now.”

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 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.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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The Pelvic Partnership consists of volunteers who have had pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and wish to support other women. We aim to pass on information based on both research and the experience of other women with PGP. We are not medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice and the information we provide should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material on this site is provided for information and support purposes only.

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