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Bexley toy exchange gives Barnardo’s £670 cash boost

PUBLISHED: 12:56 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:56 16 February 2016

Barnardo's toy exchange

Barnardo's toy exchange

© 2014 Justin W Thomas

Those making donations were rewarded with a voucher offering £5 off a £35 spend on toys at Argos

More than £670 has been raised after a number of toys were donated to a children’s charity in Bexley.

During an eight-week Argos Toy Exchange campaign, people across the borough donated 56 bags of toys to Baranardo’s, which were then sold to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children in and around London.

Some 35 bags of toys were given to the Barnardo’s shop in Erith Riverside Centre, and another 21 handed to the store in Nuxley Road, Belvedere.

The campaign raised £552,000 for the children’s charity across the UK.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan, said: “Barnardo’s partnership with the Argos Toy Exchange has been a huge success. The sales of these toys will enable us to work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK, including care leavers and children living in poverty.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part and donated their pre-loved toys and supported Barnardo’s.”

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 the country’s most disadvantaged children.

“We know that the money raised can have a real impact in supporting Barnardo’s vital work and we would like to thank our customers for their generosity in raising £2.5 million over the last four years.”

Those making donations were rewarded with a voucher offering £5 off a £35 spend on toys at Argos.

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