Help Barnardos and donate unwanted toys at Argos Cookstown

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Denise Van Outen launches the 2013 Argos Toy Exchange to help raise funds for children's charity Barnardo's at Coq d'Argent on October 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Argos)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Denise Van Outen launches the 2013 Argos Toy Exchange to help raise funds for children's charity Barnardo's at Coq d'Argent on October 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Argos)

THE UK’s number one toy retailer Argos is calling on children and parents from the Cookstown area to help raise a bumper £1 million for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

This year’s Argos Toy Exchange is encouraging people to donate pre-loved toys at their local Cookstown Argos store and as a thank you 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 is the perfect time to help those in need. I urge families to get out to the Cookstown Argos store and donate their unwanted toys.”

Amy Whidburn from 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.

“All customers have to do to help the most disadvantaged children in society is donate their pre-loved toys and by supporting the Toy Exchange Argos customers will be helping Barnardo’s make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children.”

Toy donations will be accepted from Wednesday 16 October until Tuesday 26 November 2013. 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.