Toy donations raise £600

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Generous shoppers in Larne have donated 50 bags of toys with a value of £600 to the Linn Road branch of Barnardo’s for the annual Argos Toy Exchange.

In total, 1,400 bags of toys were brought to Barnardo’s shops across Northern Ireland which the children’s charity then sold and raised £16,700 to help disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland.

Barnardo’s NI Director Lynda Wilson said: “This is the third year of the partnership and we are delighted that the Argos Toy Exchange has again proved such a success, particularly in such a challenging economic climate. The donations we received ahead of the busy Christmas period gave a substantial boost to our stock and provided a real festive bonus.

“Donations are absolutely essential to keep our stores trading. All profits from selling these toys are ploughed directly into Barnardo’s NI work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, so a huge thank-you to everyone in Larne who took part.”

Amy Whidburn, head of corporate responsibility for Argos, said: “As a family retailer, we are delighted that the money raised is going to help support some of Barnardo’s vital causes such as early year’s development and vocational skills training. We know how much of an impact this will make to disadvantaged families and would like to thank our customers for their generosity.”

The Toy Exchange is in the third year of a partnership between toy retailer Argos and children’s charity Barnardo’s. It encouraged Argos customers to donate their pre-loved toys at stores, to be sold through Barnardo’s network to raise money to benefit some of the most disadvantaged children and young people across the United Kingdom.

Those making donations were rewarded with a voucher offering £5 off a £35 spend on toys at Argos, with vouchers valid right up until Christmas Eve.