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Brothers get moving with Barnardo’s-backed spare stationery campaign

Release Date: 05 Jan 2018

Two brothers have launched a New Year campaign encouraging people in and around north London to hand over their spare stationery so it can be passed on to other children who are less fortunate.

Joseph and Sam Pressinger, who have launched a campaign t ocollect stationery on behalf of less forutnate children

Joseph and Sam Pressinger are collecting up new and used pencils, crayons, pens, rubbers, protractors, rulers and pencil cases with support from Barnardo’s, which from Monday, January 8 will have donation boxes in six stores in Hillingdon, Harrow and Barnet, and the boys’ local branch in Bushey Heath.

Joseph, 12, and Sam, nine, have called the campaign Stationery Moving and throughout January and February they will gather up the donations, test the pens, sharpen used pencils and then work with Barnardo’s to distribute safe, clean and new or re-useable items in sealed pouches to other children who need it during the spring school term.

Dad Marc Pressinger said:

We’ve always tried to make the boys aware that there are lots of people out there who don’t have a ready supply of clean clothes, food, warmth and basic supplies, and they wanted to do something to help other children who are less fortunate than themselves.

People are responding really well to the campaign - they seem pleased to dig out that pot of blunt pencils that they didn’t want to throw away, or to hand over the set or pens that would otherwise sit unopened at the back of the cupboard. It’s great to have Barnardo’s support, and with the charity’s help we’ll be able to make sure these items are able to reach the children who would really appreciate them.

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s London, said:

This is a brilliant idea by Joseph and Sam and we’re so pleased to offer Barnardo’s support. Through the boys’ hard work, many children will benefit from new stationery that they otherwise would not have had, giving them essential tools for school in the year ahead.

Anyone with spare stationery which they’d like to donate is asked to drop it into one of the six Barnardo’s stores in Green Lane, Northwood; Glengall Road, Edgware; Station Road, Edgware; Love Lane, Pinner; Ruislip High Street or Bushey Heath High Street between January and February 28.

To see more about the campaign online visit

To get in touch or discuss a local collection in or around Bushey Heath, please contact


Notes to editors

Picture caption: L-R: Sam and Joseph Pressinger outside the Bushey Heath Barnardo’s shop, one of six local branches of Barnardo’s that are supporting the boys’ Stationery Moving campaign with donation boxes in store until the end of February.

Marc, Joseph and Sam Pressinger are available for interview. To arrange interviews or for more information please contact Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or by email to

About Barnardo's

Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest and oldest children’s charity. Established in 1866, it last year helped 272,000 children, young people, families and carers.

The charity runs more than 1,000 services across the UK. Its children’s centres were last year used by more than 180,000 people and it offered mental health and wellbeing support to more than 21,000 people.

Barnardo’s gives specialist support to children and young people who have been sexually exploited, young people who are leaving care, young carers and children who have a parent in prison.

Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest UK voluntary adoption agency and the largest not-for-profit fostering agency.

Barnardo's is a charity (216250 and SC037605) and a company limited by guarantee (61625 England) Registered Office: Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, IG6 1QG.

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