Detox The Toybox For Barnardos!

This Christmas it is estimated that over 65 million unwanted presents were given, including millions of toys that will be consigned to the back of a cupboard, never to be seen again. Actress Fay Ripley (star of Cold Feet and Bon Voyage) is backing the Barnardo’s Bag it Up Toy Appeal, supported by Taylor Woodrow.

She hopes to encourage the public to detox their toy box and donate both old and new good quality toys to their local Barnardo’s store. Fay, a long standing supporter of Barnardo’s, speaking on the appeal and her favourite toy says: “I think Barbie was my favourite, I chopped her beautiful golden hair off thinking it would grow – I was never the brightest spark! Even now, when tidying up my daughter’s Barbies, I often linger a little longer than is healthy for a grown woman!

“Not only is this appeal the perfect chance to offload unwanted Christmas gifts and de-clutter, but it is all going to a great cause. Barnardo’s works with children facing poverty, disability, abuse and discrimination, so please join me in donating unwanted toys and games to your nearest Barnardo’s store this January.”

Barnardo’s stores depend on good quality donations from the public and all profits fund the charity’s vital work. Supporters can visit the Barnardo’s website at to locate their nearest store.

Barnardo’s Scotland, one of Scotland’s leading children’s charities, runs over 60 community projects that work with some of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families throughout Scotland.

The annual Toy Appeal is made possible by Taylor Woodrow, a leading developer of sustainable communities of high quality homes, who have been a much valued corporate supporter of Barnardo’s for the last three years.

Ian Morris, Taylor Woodrow’s corporate communications director, said “We are delighted to be supporting Barnardo’s for the third consecutive year. The Bag It Up Toy Appeal is an excellent way to make use of unwanted toys and gifts after Christmas and we will be encouraging all our employees in the UK to back this worthwhile campaign throughout January and in to 2007.”