THE COMMITTEE behind the successful Wokingham Winter Carnival is calling on shoppers to help them bag up to £4,000.

The carnival has been shortlisted as one of three projects to receive a cash grant from Tesco as part of the supermarket's Bags of Help initiative, which sees shoppers vote for which project should receive grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000.

The carnival takes place on the last Sunday of November every year, featuring stalls, street entertainment and the switching on of the Christmas lights.

Philip Mirfin, Wokingham Winter Carnival Committee Chair said: "We are delighted that Tesco has chosen us as one of the three local groups for funding and now we need the local community’s support in voting for us.

"With this support to help cover costs it means that the money we raise from the event will be distributed to local charities which this year will include the Wokingham Town Mayors’ Charities; Wokingham Foodbank and the Link Visiting Scheme as well as Young People with Dementia and the Me2 club."

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”