Unwanted gifts should be donated to charity

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The most popular and fastest selling Christmas gift of 2014, the selfie stick, is now considered to be one of the worst presents to receive this festive period, a new Barnardo’s poll has revealed.

While 42 per cent of people in the South East and Anglia said the selfie stick was the second least wanted Christmas gift this year, musical socks came in at 45 per cent and a set of saucepans at 29 per cent.

The research also reveals a quarter of presents are re-gifted to friends and family and 7 per cent of people throw them in the bin. Just 42 per cent of people in the region give their unsuitable gifts to a charity shop.

Barnardo’s is appealing for all unsuitable presents to be donated to their shops to help transform the lives of the most disadvantaged children in the UK.

Jonathan Whalley, Director for Barnardo’s in the South East and Anglia region, said, “Many of us may have received a festive gift this year that we didn’t like or was unsuitable. Instead of hiding them in the wardrobe, take them to one of our stores where they can be sold to help make a difference to the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and young people that we work with.

“Our shops are very grateful for all the donations they receive. What better way to start the New Year knowing that your unsuitable gifts will help disadvantaged children and families who can struggle over the Christmas period.”

Barnardo’s has an Eastbourne store at 16 Terminus Road.

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