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Dunelm supports Barnardo's for a second year running


Generous staff at UK retailer Dunelm voted to support Barnardo’s for a second year of fundraising fun.

We are delighted that this well-loved and growing company will be partnering with us once again, enabling us to support even more of the most vulnerable children in the country.

Last year’s partnership with Dunelm saw staff raise around £170,000 for Barnardo’s. This has gone towards our work with vulnerable children facing a range of challenges, from abuse and exploitation, to disabilities and caring for an ill or disabled loved one.

For 2014/15, Dunelm aim to beat their previous achievements, and are hoping to raise more than £200,000 for Barnardo’s. The main fundraising event is a ‘Friends and Family Day’, where more than 140 branches up and down the country compete with each other to raise the most money for Barnardo’s. This happens between 6pm and 9pm on one evening. This year’s Friends and Family Day will take place at Dunelm stores on October 15, and exciting plans include a ‘change the duvet’ competition, and the chance to rename the new Barnardo’s mascot.

Allan McLaren, Director of Partnerships at Barnardo’s, said: “We are delighted that Dunelm has chosen to partner with Barnardo’s during 2014/15, and I can’t wait to see how the partnership flourishes during Friends and Family Day and beyond!

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in raising funds for Barnardo’s during the past 12 months, your energy, enthusiasm and passion for the cause has been incredible, and has made a genuine difference to the lives of thousands of children across the UK.”

Throughout the year, staff will be holding cake sales, dress down days and seasonal events to help tot up the total, helping Barnardo’s to transform even more young lives. Our cuddly companion Barney the Bear is ready to head to new store openings and special Dunelm events throughout the next year, to inspire the staff and help raise awareness of our vital work.

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