A SUPERMARKET giant is to hand out a huge sum of money between several prominent charities in the region to mark a momentous birthday this year.

As part of Tesco celebrating its 100th birthday, the supermarket will distribute £100,000 between six North Wales based community charities over two special rounds of ‘Bags of Help’.

The two winning community projects will receive £25,000 each, while the runners-up and third placed charities will get £15,000 and £10,000 respectively.

From July, Tesco customers will be able to begin voting in the first of these rounds – which focuses on groups delivering health and wellbeing benefits - using special blue tokens at the checkouts each time they shop in-store.

For the first of the two rounds, shoppers will be able to choose between Cruse Bereavement Care North Wales, The Osborne Trust, and the Wales Air Ambulance.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “In 2019, we are celebrating a century of delivering great value for our customers.

“And what better way to celebrate this occasion than by using our flagship community grant scheme, Bags of Help, to support even more groups and organisations who are helping to make a difference across Britain.

“We encourage our shoppers to register their votes while in store and help support projects delivering health and wellbeing benefits in their local area.”

Another round of voting in North Wales will launch later in the year, with three more community projects competing for the cash.

The funding will reach over 30 different regions across the UK, with a sensational £3.3 million being handed out by the supermarket giant.

The Bags of Help scheme allows customers to choose which charitable causes they would like to see benefit from the sale of carrier bags.

Since its introduction into stores around the nation, the scheme has awarded over £75 million to more than 25,000 community projects, and over £5 million for Welsh based organisations.

Bags of Help runs in partnership with Groundwork. And Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “This is an exciting time for Bags of Help, with many more communities given the opportunity to apply for larger amounts of funding that can make a positive, long-lasting legacy where they live.”