Argos: National Fitness Day 2016 saw more people get moving than ever before

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Fitness Day 2016 saw more people get moving than ever before as over 18,000 events took part across the UK to make 7 September the most active day of the year.

The sixth annual event, organized by not-for-profit health body ukactive and sponsored by leading health and fitness retailer Argos, saw more than 6,000 venues across the UK hold multiple activity events throughout the day.

Thousands of UK gyms and leisure venues threw open their doors to engage the public in free physical activity taster sessions, while Argos celebrated NFD across its 800+ stores with activity operators hosting a range of fun fitness classes including in-store circuits, Body Jam sessions and outdoor workouts.

As ever, NFD saw a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more.

The day kicked off with a special launch event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park featuring a number of activity sessions for the local community. Legendary ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell CBE showcased her DDMIX dance fitness class, alongside sessions from Motivate East, Our Parks and Exercise in the City.

Meanwhile, over at the Houses of Parliament, more than 40 MPs including Sports Minister Tracey Crouch tried their hands at hula-hooping, boxing, tai chi, tennis, boccia and samba as part of an outdoor activity taster session from ParkLives.

NFD 2016 participation levels across the country are still being counted, but with more than 18,000 events held nationwide, the final total is expected to reach in excess of 100,000 people.

One of the core drivers of engagement was an explosion of social media activity. NFD 2016 took Twitter by storm and was the UK’s number one trending topic for almost eight hours. Backed by a hive of activity across Facebook and Instagram as well, the total social media reach of NFD 2016 exceeded 49 million users.

The event also made waves across mainstream media, with live TV coverage and dozens of radio broadcasts across the UK on the day taking the total media reach of NFD 2016 to 55 million.

Steven Ward, Executive Director of ukactive said: “National Fitness Day 2016 was our biggest and best event yet and we’re delighted to see the physical activity sector and wider partners such as Argos team up to get the nation moving.

“It’s a fun day with a serious message and the important thing now is to build on this momentum and make serious ground in overcoming the UK’s physical inactivity crisis.

“We’re already working on next year’s event and want to engage more members of the public and our sector to ensure that National Fitness Day in 2017 reaches wider than ever before.”

Amy Whidburn, Argos’ Head of Corporate Responsibility, added: “As a leading health and fitness retailer, our view is that the fun and enjoyment of physical activity can bring a whole host of well-being benefits, and that’s why we were delighted to see so many of our colleagues and customers taking part in National Fitness Day.

“We are passionate about celebrating that fun of fitness and increasing activity levels and we have a whole range of products to help with that.”

About National Fitness Day
National Fitness Day is the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK, facilitated by ukactive and previously, the énergie Group, who are the largest and fastest growing fitness franchise company in the UK, and who founded National Fitness Day back in 2011.

Realizing that this is an event that would benefit with participation from the whole sector, énergie graciously ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to ukactive in 2014. We would like to publicly thank énergie for this and are proud to now be growing the event year on year.

Our aim is always to ensure that National Fitness Day is the most active day of the year. We work with thousands of clubs, parks, leisure centres, gyms and ukactive members who open their doors to offer free exercise sessions to their local communities.

We know the benefits that regular exercise delivers includes a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why National Fitness Day was started.

About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit body for physical activity, working with over 4,000 members and stakeholders across the UK. We champion the fun, enjoyment and benefits of being active. As an organisation, ukactive facilitates big impact partnerships across the public and private sector, supporting partners in delivering their goals around physical activity. We grow and stimulate the value of physical activity to society as a whole – alongside specific sub-sectors where we have developed significant stakeholder relationships inc. social, political, economic, health, consumer, and financial.

ukactive also provides leading research and evaluation, insight and thought leadership, strategic project and stakeholder management, campaigning and promoting best practice for its partners.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland. In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

Contact:
tel: 0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk

Source: Argos

Argos / Barnardo’s research: 3.8 million grown-ups in UK still snuggle up to their favourite childhood toy at night

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-10-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — 3.8 million grown-ups still snuggle up to their favourite childhood toy to help them get to sleep or relax after a stressful day at work, while a quarter (25 per cent) of adults still own a least one of their favourite childhood toys, according to research released today by the UK’s largest toy retailer[1] Argos and UK children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The study was commissioned to mark the fourth year of the Argos Toy Exchange with Barnardo’s which runs until Friday 20 November. Argos and Barnardo’s customers are encouraged to donate preloved toys to their local Argos or Barnardo’s store in exchange for a £5 toy voucher[2]. The toys can then be sold in Barnardo’s network of shops, raising vital funds for the charity.

The research also revealed some of the reasons why we are a nation that can’t bear to part with our treasured teddies and trucks: one in five (20 per cent) admit they intend to pass these onto their loved ones.

A further one in five (21 per cent) women proudly admit to having their toys on display in the home. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to keep their childhood toys a secret, with one in eight (12 per cent) keeping theirs hidden away.

This year Argos and Barnardo’s have teamed up with businesswoman, TV presenter and mum-of-two, Louise Redknapp to launch the Argos Toy Exchange which will raise much-needed funds to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children.

Louise Redknapp, said: “I’m very excited to be a part of the fourth Argos Toy Exchange, it’s an incredibly worthwhile cause and one which can help make Christmas that little bit more special for disadvantaged families across the UK. With one in 20 people saying they would happily donate all of their toys that are no longer played with to charity, I’m thrilled to be part of an initiative which allows other children to experience the same joy that toy once gave them. With more than 800 Argos stores and 640 Barnardo’s stores nationwide it makes it easy to visit a local branch so you can get donating!

“My favourite toy was a pink knitted doll called Jemima, she brings back so many wonderful memories of growing up, my mum still has her for safe keeping as I can’t pass her onto my two boys!”

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Argos, said: “As the UK’s number one toy retailer, we know how important toys can be to a child’s development and memories. It’s easy to remember the name of our favourite toy growing up, but who would have thought so many of us still owned them!

“We wouldn’t expect people to part with their favourite toy from childhood, but we would ask that perhaps we look at the toys no longer played with at home that could be donated. The Toy Exchange is a great way for all children to get the chance to be united with that special someone (or something) which could well become a friend for life. Each year Argos’ Toy Exchange raises hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of toy donations and in the last three festive seasons we generated in excess of £1.9 million to help Barnardo’s.”

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s CEO, said: “We support some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK – such as those growing up in poverty, and those living in care. Over the last three years we have had the generous support of Argos’ customers and hopefully this year we will be able to help even more.”

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Notes to Editors

The research was carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of Argos amongst 2,051 adults in the UK between14-19 September 2015.

For more information please contact the Argos Toy Exchange PR team at argos@thisissurname.com or 0207 260 2770 or Becky Beling in the media team at Barnardo’s on 0208 498 7393.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 840 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

About Barnardo’s
Barnardo’s works with more than 240,000 children, young people and their families each year.  Barnardo’s runs more than 960 services across the UK. We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk  to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children. Barnardo’s Retail is the largest children’s charity retailer in the UK and the third largest charity retailer. The profit from our stores goes directly into our work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families. Follow Barnardo’s Retail on Twitter @barnardosretail

[1] Largest UK retailer by sales value
[2] Minimum £35 spend, to be redeemed at Argos by Thursday 24 December 2015

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

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EDITORIAL USE ONLY Louise Redknapp launches the fourth annual Argos Toy Exchange, which aims to bring the amount raised by the initiative over the years to £2.5 million worth of toys for childrenÕs charity BarnardoÕs, at the Tottenham Court Road store in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

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Louise Redknapp launches the fourth annual Argos Toy Exchange, which aims to bring the amount raised by the initiative over the years to £2.5 million worth of toys for childrenÕs charity BarnardoÕs, at the Tottenham Court Road store in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 13, 2015. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Argos introduces a convenient way to exchange their gadgets at all its UK stores

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-7-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers can now trade-in their unwanted gadgets at Argos stores up and down the country in the first ever initiative launched by a generalist UK retailer, which offers an immediate quote and redemption.

Argos, in partnership with circular economy experts WRAP, has introduced the innovative new service at all its 788 UK stores, providing customers with a convenient way to exchange their gadgets.

UK householders are estimated to have around £1 billion worth of electrical and electronic equipment in their homes which is no longer used1, and two-thirds of those surveyed by WRAP said they would be willing to trade in their tech products with reputable retailers2.

The Argos and WRAP initiative will not only extend the lifecycle of products but will also help the environment, such as by reducing the volume of electrical items sent to landfill.

Unlike existing schemes, where people have to post gadgets and wait several days or weeks for payment, the new scheme offers them an instant quote and payment for their device over the Argos counter.

Customers can walk into any Argos store, drop off unwanted tech items (initially mobile phones and tablets), receive an instant quote and, if they trade it in, get an Argos gift card to spend on anything in-store from Argos’ range of 50,000+ products. The items are then refurbished in the UK and re-sold.

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Argos, said: “As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices.  Our new scheme in conjunction with WRAP offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.

“Depending on the response from customers, we may extend the scheme to include other electrical items in the future, such as camera, sat-navs or laptops.”

Marcus Gover, Director of WRAP, said: “We’re delighted to see this type of service become available over Argos store counters. Our research told us consumers have an appetite for trading in and Argos is now providing a convenient and easy way for them to do just that and release the value from their unwanted gadgets. By doing so we’re keeping valuable resources out of landfill and in use longer, reducing the impact on diminishing virgin materials and protecting our environment.”

This new service is the result of Argos’ work with WRAP through the REBus project3, which helps companies implement new resource efficient business models that keep products, and their materials, in use for longer.

Argos’s gadget trade-in service is one of a number of pilots supported by the EU Life+ funded REBus project – through which WRAP is helping businesses take action and make the circular economy a reality.  For more information visit www.rebus.eu.com.

Watch this short video case study to find out more about the development of the gadget trade-in service with insights from Argos and WRAP.

In the UK WRAP also runs the sustainability action plan, esap4, which is working with the electrical and electronic sector to revolutionise how we design, manufacture, sell, repair, re-use, and recycle electrical and electronic products. Argos’s new gadget trade-in service is helping deliver esap by extending the life of products in a commercially attractive way that’s good for business, good for consumers and good for the environment.

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Notes to editors:

VIDEO: Watch the Argos/WRAP video case study http://tinyurl.com/ng94gk9 outlining how they brought the new gadget trade-in service to fruition.

For more information on the Argos case study see here – http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/argos-gadget-trade

Footnotes:

  1. Estimate based on two TNS omnibus waves (1,223 and 1,258 households) in January 2013.
  2. Consumer demand for resource efficient business models on electrical products  – http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/resource-efficient-business-models-consumer-research
  3. The REBus project is supported by the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. The REBus project is a partnership of Rijkswaterstaat, The Aldersgate Group, the University of Northampton, Knowledge Transfer Network and is led by WRAP. www.rebus.eu.com
  4. esap, which launched in 2014 already has over 60 organisations from the electricals sector signed up. For more information about esap please visit www.wrap.org.uk/esap or get in touch via eproducts@wrap.org.uk

Stats:

  • UK householders have around £1bn worth of electrical and electronic equipment in their homes that they no longer use but which still hold significant value
  • Nearly 40% of disposed electrical products go to landfill
  • Two thirds of consumers are willing to trade in tech products through a reputable retailer

For further media information contact:

ARGOS

Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk

 

WRAP

Media team: 01295 819619

Clare Usher – clare.usher@wrap.org.uk

Shona O’Donovan – shonaodonovan@wrap.org.uk 

 

About Argos:  Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 121m customer transactions a year through its stores and over 900 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2015.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 788 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2015, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

About WRAP:

  • WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits. www.wrap.org.uk @WRAP_UK
  • Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through:
    • re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,
    • re-thinking how we use and consume products, and
    • re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.
  • First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity.  WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.  WRAP is a registered Charity No 1159512 and registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No 4125764. Registered office at Second Floor, Blenheim Court, 19 George Street, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 5BH.

 

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Argos introduces a convenient way to exchange their gadgets at all its UK stores

Argos introduces a convenient way to exchange their gadgets at all its UK stores

Macmillan Cancer Support announces new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3M by March 2017 through fundraising activities and events

Partnership aims to raise £3million for people affected by cancer over two years

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macmillan Cancer Support has today announced a brand new partnership with the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer, Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The partnership will engage Home Retail Group colleagues and customers across the UK through a range of fundraising activities and events aiming to raise a total of £3million for Macmillan by March 2017.

Macmillan was selected by Home Retail Group colleagues to be their new UK charity partner following a staff vote, with the money raised in the first year of partnership funding vital hours of Macmillan nursing care. The partnership has launched today [Friday 27 March] with a ‘Go Mad Go Green’ fundraising day in offices and branches of Argos, Homebase and Habitat across the country.

Further plans include support of Macmillan’s national fundraising events Night In and World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, as well as bespoke fundraising activity linked to key trading periods for the business such as the Argos Catalogue Launch. Homebase will also involve Macmillan in the launch of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden in May this year as part of the partnership.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support says: “We are all absolutely delighted to be launching a new partnership with Home Retail Group today. Our year one fundraising target of £1.5million could pay for over 55,500 Macmillan nursing hours, enabling us to provide a phenomenal amount of dedicated and specialised cancer care. The opportunity presented by our new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3million to help the 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK today is one I know will make a great deal of difference to Macmillan’s ambition which is to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Home Retail Group says: “I’m thrilled that Home Retail Group colleagues have voted Macmillan Cancer Support as our charity of choice over the next two years. Cancer affects so many people so we are determined to raise a substantial amount of money to fund Macmillan nursing hours and to make a real difference to Macmillan’s ambition to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. I look forward to getting involved and supporting the business and our 47,000 colleagues over the next two years to help us reach our ambitious target for Macmillan.”

To complement the ambitious fundraising programme, Macmillan will also utilise Home Retail Group internal and customer facing communications channels, with a particular focus on the growing number of Argos digital stores, to share vital cancer awareness messages and to signpost those in Argos, Homebase or Habitat stores to Macmillan support services.

Colleagues and stores in the Republic of Ireland will raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

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For more information please contact:

Melissa Shelley, PR Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support on: 0207 091 2319 / mshelley@macmillan.org.uk

Judith Ineson at Home Retail Group on 0845 120 4365/ media.relations@homeretailgroup.com

Notes to editors

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About Home Retail Group

Home Retail Group is the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer with sales of around £5.7 billion in the financial year to February 2014. We sell products under three distinct and complementary retail brands – Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The Group employs some 47,000 people across the business. For more information visit www.homeretailgroup.com

About the Macmillan Cancer Support & Home Retail Group partnership

Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Home Retail Group and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to improve access to vital Macmillan nursing hours for everyone affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The partnership will engage Home Retail Group colleagues and customers across the UK through a range of fundraising activities and events aiming to raise a total of £3million for Macmillan by March 2017.

Through this partnership, Home Retail Group colleagues and customers will enable Macmillan to deliver the best quality and experience of cancer care, from the point of diagnosis.

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Macmillan Cancer Support announces new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3M by March 2017 through fundraising activities and events

Macmillan Cancer Support announces new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3M by March 2017 through fundraising activities and events

Argos launches third annual Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s

  • 92 per cent of children would give away some  presents if it meant another child would have a happier Christmas
  • 61 per cent of children have given up their free time for charity at Christmas
  • Argos, Barnardo’s and Tess Daly launch this year’s annual Toy Exchange from today until 25th November 2014

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Children’s Christmas wishes are evolving as today’s kids show awareness of the less fortunate and consider what they could give to a disadvantaged child, according to new research released today.

Rather than seeing other children go without toys in the festive season, the research from Argos and Barnardo’s shows that 92 per cent of children would happily give up some of their Christmas presents, if it meant a disadvantaged child could enjoy a happier Christmas.

And the spirit of Christmas continues with children also sharing their time, the new study revealing that 61 per cent of children spend time during their Christmas break supporting various causes with bake sales, sponsored silences, carol concerts and charitable donations.

And the Christmas belief of giving and receiving can start immediately for children across the UK with the launch of the third annual Argos Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s. From today, until 25th November, Argos customers are invited to drop off once-loved toys at Argos or Barnardo’s stores in return for a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend), to be redeemed at Argos by 24 December. All donated toys are then sold in Barnardo’s retail outlets to raise funds for the charity.

The scheme aims to raise money for some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children and 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!

Tess Daly, said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the Argos Toy Exchange this year. It’s an incredibly worthwhile cause and one which can help make Christmas that little bit more special for disadvantaged families across the UK. We want to bring the grand total from the three Toy Exchanges to £2 million, with over 1150 Argos and Barnardo’s stores throughout the country it’s so simple to just pop down to your local branch and get donating!”

And ahead of Christmas, the Toy Exchange is the perfect way to clear out those pre-loved toys and make space whilst supporting a hugely worthwhile cause.

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Argos, said: “As the UK’s number one toy retailer, we know how important it can be having something to open on Christmas morning. Each year Argos’ Toy Exchange raises hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of toy donations. Over the last two years we have generated around £1.25 million worth of toys and this year we want to add to this to hit £2 million over the three years. With the money raised going to help support some of Barnardo’s vital causes such, as early year’s development or vocational skills training, we’re committed to make this the most successful year yet!”

Gerard Cousins, Barnardo’s Director of Retail and Trading, 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 £2 million. We believe that with the support of the UK’s children and their families, we can do it!

“Barnardo’s helps some of the most disadvantaged youngsters in the UK for example; those growing up in poverty, those trying to escape abuse and those living in care. Profits from the toys, when sold will fund this work’.

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

 

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For further information and images from the Argos Toy Exchange please contact the Surname & Surname team on +44 (0)207 260 2775 or ArgosToyExchange@thisissurname.com.

Research by Markettiers4dc, carried out on behalf of Argos between: 5th September 2014 and 10th September 2014.

Sample: 1002 UK children aged 5 – 16.

Notes to Editors:

  • In terms of value according to NPD Group UK Toys Consumer Panel 12 months to June 2014

Toy Exchange T&Cs

Toys can be donated to Argos or Barnardo’s stores between 1st October and 24th December 2014. You’ll receive a £5 voucher per donation (not per toy).

Toy Exchange vouchers can be redeemed between 01/10/2014 to 24/12/2014. Offer available in-store only, not at kiosks. Offer only available on Toys; for reference please visit argos.co.uk and refer to our “Toys & Games” section or refer to the Autumn/Winter 2014 catalogue. Please present voucher at till to claim discount. Voucher cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any toys multi-buy promotion, for example 3 for 2.

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014. Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

About Barnardo’s
Barnardo’s works with more than 200,000 children, young people and their families each year.  Barnardo’s runs more than 900 services across the UK.

We believe in children and we believe every young person has a right to thrive. Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need.

We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children.

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Argos launches third annual Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s

Argos launches third annual Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s