Our Administrator, Sue Francis, recently took part in the famous Barnardos' Toy Run. Sue plays a vital role here at Oaktree Interiors and we are incredibly proud of her for taking part in this charity event.
Sue Francis rode with the Reading Christian motorcyclists and others in The Barnardos' Toy Run which is an annual event in which motorcyclists ride in aconvoy to donate toys to Barnardos where they will be distributed to children by Barnardos. You can watch a video of the event on The Wokingham Paper's YouTube channel.
This was the 31st anniversary of the toy ride and according to the Reading Toy Run's Twitter account a total of 2291 people took part in the toy run.
Barnardos was founded by Thomas Barnado, in 1867 he set up a school in the East End, offering poor children a basic education. In 1870 he opened a home for boys, where they learned carpentry, metal work and shoe-making.Barnardo continued to help children throughout his life and when he died in 1905, “the charity he founded had opened 96 homes caring for more than 8,500 children." Today “Barnardos works directly with over 200,000 children, young people and their families every year"
Barnardos is one of the UK's leading children's charities. They provide services such as counselling, fostering, adoption, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
They also provide fantastic support for children with mental health issues. One in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Many children find it difficult to cope with school and other aspects of life as a result of their mental illness. Fortunately, Barnardos is available to help; not only do they help children address their difficulties and build their confidence, but they work with parents to make sure that they are also supported.
We are very proud of Sue for taking part in The Barnardos Toy Run, and if you are interested in donating to Barnardos or getting involved in a Barnardos event, you can visit their website at www.barnardos.org.uk. Here you can read more information about the charity, senda donation, arrange a fundraiser, volunteer or view any upcoming charity events.