Argos toy exchange calls on children in Wales to give Barnardos a bumper £1 million Christmas
12:01pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
THE UK's number one toy retailer Argos is calling on all children in Wales and parents to help raise a bumper £1 million for Barnardo's, which supports some of the UK's most disadvantaged children.
This years Argos toy exchange is encouraging people in Wales to donate pre-loved toys at their local Argos and Barnardo's stores, and as a thank you, they will receive a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend) to be redeemed at Argos by December 24.
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 is the perfect time to help those in need. I urge families in Wales to get out to their closest Argos store 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 are really excited about the potential that this year's campaign holds and are delighted to be partnering with Argos again. 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."
Amy Whidburn, head of corporate responsibility for Argos, said: "Last year's toy exchange raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in toy donations. We are looking to build on this success by setting an even higher fundraising target of £1 million this year.
"We know the important role toys play in a child's life especially at this time of the year. By supporting the toy exchange Argos customers will be making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK."
Toy donations will be accepted until Tuesday, November 26. Donated toys are then passed onto Barnardo's retail outlets where they will be resold to raise funds for the charity. The charity's stores across the UK 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.