Swindon coffee shops have helped to collect more than a hundred Christmas presents for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

The Starbucks shops in the Swindon Designer Outlet and the Brunel Shopping Centre invited customers to pick a card off their Christmas tree and donate a gift for the child whose gender and age appeared on it.

The presents were then wrapped and delivered to local families supported by children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The Starbucks shops are part of a franchise managed by the Magic Bean Company.

Together with their store in Melksham, the team received more than a hundred presents.

Swindon gifts included toys, books, teddies, jewellery, coats, toiletries, and even a scooter.

A Magic Bean spokesperson said: “We were delighted by the response from our customers.”

Barnardo’s regional relationships manager Julie Kemp said: “We’re very grateful for this wonderful support from Magic Bean and their Starbucks staff.

“It was heart-warming to see so many people supporting the appeal and taking the time to choose such thoughtful gifts.”

For further information on fundraising for Barnardo’s, or to arrange your own Christmas collection next year, call Julie on 07933 501175 or email julie.kemp@barnardos.org.uk

Last year Barnardo’s supported more than 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.

This includes work with young carers, care-leavers, children affected by child sexual exploitation and abuse, and support for fostering and adoption.

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk

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