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Friends and family night raises £100k

Our corporate partner Dunelm harnessed people power to raise more than £100,000 for Barnardo’s in a single evening.


The popular home furnishings retailer had a Friends and Family event across 140 stores on October 15th. The branches held their own fundraising events to inspire customers and staff to kindly donate to Barnardo’s.

Activities included cake sales, raffles, duvet changing competitions, name the bear challenges and the classic game of ‘guess the number of sweets in a jar’. Dunelm staff collectively raised an incredible £50,127 on the day. The company then generously match-funded this staggering achievement. This brings the total raised by this inspirational partner to more than £300,000 since October 2013.

Martin Howard, Corporate Relationship Manager for Barnardo’s partnership with Dunelm, said: “It was absolutely incredible to take part in Dunelm’s fantastic fundraising activities on Friends and Family night. We had over 80 Barnardo’s volunteers helping out with Dunelm’s fundraising activities across the UK, and I was invited to help co-ordinate fundraising activities at the organisation’s store in Harrow.

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“It was great to see it for myself, and thank the people involved. I also got to talk to them about how their fundraising allows Barnardo’s to support more of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society. I can’t wait to work with stores on more fundraising and volunteering initiatives, and to build on this flourishing partnership.”

To find out how your company can get involved, please call 0208 498 7478.

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