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Walsall £1m appeal launched

By john.butterworth  |  Posted: November 18, 2013

Back row:  Argos staff Hannah Woodward, Michael Huckfield, Suzanne Carter, Luke Walker, Rebecca Whitney, Caroline Powell, and manager Simon Jervis (behind). Middle row: Angela Buerke, aged nine; Hazel Godwin, aged eight and Georgie Jervis, aged eight. In

Back row: Argos staff Hannah Woodward, Michael Huckfield, Suzanne Carter, Luke Walker, Rebecca Whitney, Caroline Powell, and manager Simon Jervis (behind). Middle row: Angela Buerke, aged nine; Hazel Godwin, aged eight and Georgie Jervis, aged eight. In

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Families in Walsall flocked to join in the celebrations at a special toy exchange party at the town’s Argos store last week.

The party took place at the Argos store in the Saddlers Centre, Walsall, launching this year’s Argos Toy Exchange campaign in the Midlands which hopes to raise £1million for Barnardo’s.

Shoppers dropped off unwanted toys which will be sold in Barnardo’s shops to raise money for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children and were given a £5 Argos voucher towards the cost of new toys when spending £35 or more in store.

There was face painting and arts and crafts for the children, with families queuing up to join in and Argos staff dressed in fancy dress to add to the carnival atmosphere.

Store manager Simon Jervis said: “All the staff had a fantastic time dressing up to entertain the children.

“There was certainly plenty going on to keep shoppers young and old entertained.”

The toy exchange is running at all Argos stores, so even if you missed out on the launch, there’s still time to drop off unwanted toys – and collect your money off vouchers until November 26.

It is the second year running Argos and Barnardo’s have joined forces in this way.

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. 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 at Argos and Barnardo’s stores until Tuesday, November 26. Donated toys are then passed on to 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. 

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