The UK’s number one toy retailer Argos is calling on children and parents across Driffield to help raise a bumper £1 million for Barnardo’s.
This year’s Argos Toy Exchange is encouraging people to donate their pre-loved toys at their local Argos and Barnardo’s stores to help support some of the region’s most disadvantaged children – such as those who have been abused and children with disabilities.
Those donating will receive a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend) to be redeemed at Argos by 24 December.
Denise Van Outen, who is helping to launch this year’s campaign, said: “The Argos Toy Exchange is a fantastic initiative. Being a mum myself I know how important it is that children have toys, not only to enjoy but also to help them learn and develop. As we start to think about Christmas it’s the perfect time to help those in need. I urge families in Driffield to get out to their local Barnardo’s shop and donate their unwanted toys.”
Gerard Cousins, Barnardo’s Director of Retail and Trading, said: “After the success of last year’s Toy Exchange, we’re really excited about the potential that this year’s campaign holds. The initiative works well for us but its beauty lies in the fact that the concept is so simple. All customers have to do to help the most disadvantaged children in society is donate their pre-loved toys.”
Toy donations will be accepted from Wednesday 16 October until Tuesday 26 November 2013. Donated toys will be passed on to Barnardo’s retail outlets where they will be resold to raise funds for the charity. The charity’s stores will also be accepting toys on behalf of Argos and distributing £5 vouchers to those who donate.
For more information about the Toy Exchange, visit www.argos.co.uk/toyexchange