Barnardo’s launch annual toy appeal in Lisburn

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Big hearted children from Lisburn care about youngsters less fortunate than themselves and want to give to a disadvantaged child, according to new research released today.

Rather than see children go without toys this Christmas 94% of youngsters would happily give up some of their presents if it meant a disadvantaged child could enjoy a happier Christmas.

And this spirit continues with children also sharing their time, with the new study revealing 82% of children spend time during Christmas supporting various causes with sponsored silences, carol concerts and charitable donations.

Now the giving can start immediately for children in Lisburn with the launch of the third annual Argos Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s.

From now until 25th November, Argos customers are invited to drop off once-loved toys in return for a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend), to be redeemed at Argos by 24 December.

Locally, people can take donations to the Argos store at Lisburn Square or Sprucefield or Barnardo’s shop in Dunmurry. All donated toys will be taken to Barnardo’s retail outlets to raise funds for the charity.

This year TV presenter and mum of two, Tess Daly has teamed up with the UK’s number one toy retailer* Argos and children’s charity, Barnardo’s, to make this year’s event the most successful yet.

Lynda Wilson, Director Barnardo’s NI said: “After the success of the Toy Exchange over the last two years, it made sense to aim towards the next milestone, to bring the total target to £2million. We believe that with the support of local children and their families, we can do it!

For more information about the Toy Exchange visit: http://www.argos.co.uk/toyexchange”www.argos.co.uk/toyexchange.