An award-winning charity has been given £2,000 to help more veterans with health conditions back into work thanks to support from shoppers in Tetbury.

Customers gave their backing to The Poppy Factory by voting for the charity in the Bags of Help scheme at the Tesco Superstore in London Road, using blue tokens given at the checkouts throughout January and February.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the community funding project, with grants raised from carrier bag sales.

The funding will enable The Poppy Factory to reach more veterans in the area.

Each year the charity supports around 300 ex-Forces men and women with physical or mental health conditions back into meaningful and sustained employment.

Deirdre Mills, chief executive of The Poppy Factory, said: “We are so grateful to everyone in and around Tetbury who showed their support for our wounded, injured and sick veterans by using their tokens to vote for The Poppy Factory in the Bags of Help scheme.

“This important funding will go directly to our employability programme, helping us support many more ex-Forces men and women who want to flourish in new jobs and careers, no matter what health conditions and other barriers they may face.”

As part of the Tesco’s Bags of Help project, 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 are awarded funding.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit tesco.com/bagsofhelp.