Parents urged to ‘detox toy boxes’

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PARENTS in the Portsmouth area are being urged to ‘detox their toy box’ in the run-up to Christmas and donate toys and games to a children’s charity.

Barnardo’s is asking people to donate potential gifts in the run-up to Christmas when many people are looking for presents at reasonable prices.

All profits raised from the sale of toys will be used to support vulnerable children, young people and families across Hampshire.

Services which benefit include support for children who have been sexually exploited or are at risk and children who have returned from going missing.

Steve Mitchell, area business manager for Barnardo’s, oversees the running of the five stores in the Portsmouth area.

He said: ‘We sell a lot of toys and games at this time of the year and are really grateful for the generous donations from local people.

‘It’s amazing what people unearth when they start looking in the back of cupboard and at the bottom of the toy box - it’s a good excuse to have a clear out at home.

‘We’d like to thank all of our customers and donors for their continued support, which really does make a difference to so many local children’s lives.’

Unused toiletries that can be used as gifts for teenagers also prove popular in Barnardo’s shops and are welcomed as donations, as well as clothing and accessories that the charity welcomes all year round.

Barnardo’s stores in Portsmouth can be found at 22 London Road in North End, 264 London Road in Waterlooville, 11 The Precinct in Waterlooville, 33 Marmion Road in Southsea and 14 The High Street in Cosham.