Recycle your unwanted Christmas presents

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is appealing for unwanted gifts from the festive season to be donated to their chain of shops across the north east, so they can be sold to raise vital funds.

The money will be used to help disadvantaged children and young people, including those who are living in poverty, who are disabled or who have been sexually exploited.

It is estimated that over £2.4bn worth of gifts given at Christmas are unwanted, with a third of those ending up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said: “Barnardo’s stores are dependent upon the public’s kind donations.

“Our profits go directly into our work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

“If you receive a gift at Christmas that you know you won’t use then please think of Barnardo’s and how your item can be enjoyed by someone else whilst benefiting the children who need it most.”

Barnardo’s has 573 shops nationwide. Shoppers can buy collectibles, household goods, books, toys, children’s clothes, books, accessories as well as men’s and ladies’ fashions.