A TREASURE trove of weird, wonderful and rare items collected for sale by the UK’s largest children’s charity is getting bigger.
Barnardo’s has expanded its online ‘hub’ on Rugby’s Swift Valley Industrial Estate, where it collects the most valuable and unusual donations received by its charity stores across the UK to sell on eBay.
Since the site opened in 2018 and raised over £450,000 in its first year, it has grown to ten times its original size to become a ‘vital cornerstone’ of the charity’s operations.
Now, new recruits are being sought to add to the 60-strong workforce of paid staff and volunteers, and help sift through the donations to find big money-spinners for the charity.
Lucrative donations have included a ring which sold for over £900, collectible coins which have raised over £20,000, and retro toys – with Action Man sets often selling for over £200.
Other oddities have included a World Wrestling Federation world champion title belt, a pair of Giannini Versace shoes, antique teddy bears, a Second World War helmet and a Tony Hawks skateboard.
Barnardo’s online operations manager Jonathan Cage said: “Expanding our eBay operations in Rugby is a testament to the unwavering dedication and generosity of our supporters, staff and volunteers.
“This growth allows us to further our mission of supporting children and young people while providing vital employment opportunities in the local area.
“We encourage individuals in Rugby and the surrounding areas to consider joining our growing team, whether as paid staff or volunteers.
“This expansion brings a unique opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and young people while supporting the local community.
“We are immensely proud of what we have achieved and look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”
The expansion of the eBay office and warehouse in Rugby will help Barnardo’s to fund more programmes and initiatives, including early intervention services, educational support, and mental health resources.
Visit www.barnardos.org.uk for more information about the charity and volunteering opportunities.