A BARRHEAD charity is overjoyed after receiving a £4,000 donation to aid its work with young people with disabilities.

The Include Me 2 Club, which operates from Glen Community Hall, won a public vote involving customers at Tesco’s Barrhead store to scoop the cash as part of the Bags of Help scheme.

Bags of Help uses funds raised from the sale of plastic bags in Tesco stores to give worthy causes a much-needed cash boost.

Paul McIlvenny, chair of the Include Me 2 Club, said: “We are delighted to have won the public vote for the Bags of Help funding scheme.

“The money will go a long way in supporting the organisation with its venue hire costs, creating a fantastic programme of activities for young people to come along and experience some fun and sensory activities.”

Around 150 members attend the Include Me 2 Club every week.

The aim is to help children with additional support needs or disabilities, as well as their families, to take part in a varied programme of activities that promote inclusion.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of communications in Scotland, 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.

“We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Bags of Help sees Tesco working alongside Greenspace Scotland and environmental charity Groundwork.

Emma Halliday, of Greenspace Scotland, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.

“The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their local area.”