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Tennis-themed takeover will help support children and young people

Release Date: 15 Jun 2017

Top fundraisers from Barnardo’s are getting match-fit for a tennis-themed takeover of the charity’s Barkingside store in an effort to raise thousands of pounds to support vulnerable children and young people.

The Barnardo's fundraising team will be taking over the charity's Barkingside store on June 20 and 27.

Senior fundraising staff sporting Wimbledon whites will split into two teams, with one taking over the shop in Barkingside High Street on Tuesday, June 20 and the other following Tuesday, June 27.

Each team will do all it can to encourage shoppers inside to browse and buy, raising vital funds so Barnardo’s can do more to create stronger families, safer childhoods and positive futures for children and young people.

The contest is part of the national Corporate Store Wars Challenge, in which companies across the UK are fielding teams to take over Barnardo’s charity shops for a day in a competition to see which team can raise the most money.

Swing singer Max Curto, who also works at Barnardo’s, will perform inside the shop on June 20 and the Barnardo’s Staff Choir will perform a greatest hits set a week later, singing pop classics including ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘When I’m 64’. Each will give two performances at 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Shoppers who buy a raffle ticket in store will also have the chance to win a £250 cash prize each day, thanks to a donation by Barnardo’s agency partners Direct Link.

The fundraising team, who are based round the corner at Barnardo’s headquarters in Tanners Lane, have committed to raising at least £1,000 in sponsorship between them and as much as possible in sales.

Sarah Lee, Barnardo’s Director of Fundraising, said:

As a team we have a fantastic opportunity to take part in our Store Wars competition, support our Barkingside shop and fundraise for Barnardo’s. We chose the Wimbledon tennis theme to celebrate the years when many Barnardo’s children were ball boys at Wimbledon. We are taking over the shop in the run-up to this year’s championship.

We’re really looking forward to the challenge and are hoping to draw lots of people into the store, because the money we raise will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families.

The team are appealing for donations of children’s toys and women’s clothing in advance of the Store Wars challenge, as these are some of the most popular items.

To sponsor the team online please visit

For information about how to take part in a Store Wars challenge visit


Notes to editors

For more details please contact Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email

Picture caption: L-R Barnardo’s senior fundraising team will sport tennis whites as they take over the charity’s Barkingside branch in a Store Wars challenge on June 20 and 27.

Store Wars

The idea is simple – teams of staff from different companies go into Barnardo’s charity shops to compete with each other to win. The winner is the team that increases store sales by the most amount in just one day of trading.

Barnardo’s is searching for 30 teams made up of staff from different companies across the UK to take part in June and July 2017.  Each team will go into a different Barnardo’s shop within their region for one day and will use their initiative, imagination and business acumen to increase takings in store on the day. How your team does this is up to you, but we can give you tips and pointers, and support you every step of the way.

Since the launch of Store Wars over 10 years ago, we have raised over £1million and worked with companies big and small across the UK, helping create team spirit, stronger relationships and fun outside of work for all staff.

For details of how to apply please visit


Last year 248,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 996 services across the UK, including young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, and through training and skills or parenting classes.

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.

Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605

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