Currys J9 Megastore supports Blue Peter Christmas Appeal

13 Nov 2009
  • Massive t-shirt decorating event
  • 21 and 22 November
  • Prize for best design

Children from all over the Midlands will be hot-footing it down to Currys Megastore at J9, Wednesbury, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November to decorate a t-shirt for the Blue Peter Send a Smile Christmas Appeal.

The Appeal focuses on asking children to make hospital gowns out of old t-shirts for Operation Smile – a charity providing free cleft lip and palate surgery to children in the developing world.   It costs Operation Smile approximately £3.00 to buy a surgical gown and every child that has an operation needs to wear one. The aim is to encourage schoolchildren in the UK to help make these gowns so that Operation Smile can spend the money it saves on cleft operations.

Currys Megastore is aiming to create over 500 t-shirts during the weekend and have invited 25 local primary schools, as well as local children from the region, to come down to the store for this fun event which will make a real difference to other children's lives.

Children are being asked to bring along t-shirt they have already made at school or home in to the store over the two days. They are also invited to design a fresh t-shirt using the paints and pens which will be available at the store. These t-shirts will be used as hospital gowns for children in many other countries who need cleft pallet operations.

A white Nintendo DSi hand console will be awarded to the individual (aged 14 or under) who produces the best design and the school who's pupils enter the most t-shirts will receive a Cannon Digital camcorder. The store director Wayne Bannerman, store colleague Kelvin Fradley whose idea it is and Karen Styles, administrator, will judge the designs.

The event will create colourful spectacular, as each t-shirt will be hung on a clothesline across the huge entrance doors for all visitors to see.


Store director Wayne Bannerman said; "We are delighted to be supporting the Blue Peter Send a Smile Appeal this year and have already collected many t-shirts, but the store colleagues wanted to do more and are really excited about this event. We believe this is such a good cause and are happy to encourage customers and local children to participate in this creative and engaging activity.

He added "Children who are not able to participate this weekend can still make a contribution as Currys and PC World stores all over the country will be collecting t-shirts everyday from now until January to send to the Blue Peter Appeal."
Canon has kindly offered to take pictures free of charge at the store for any parent or child who would like one taken.

For further information please contact:
Anina Castle, DSGi Head of Consumer PR, 01727 202379
Kelvin Fradley, Senior Departmental Manager at Currys J9, 0121 567 3081

Notes to editors – about the Appeal 
* Prizes will be supplied by Currys Megastore
PC World, Currys and Currys Digital stores all over the country have joined forces with Blue Peter and Operation Smile to provide the main collection points for the 2009 Blue Peter Send a Smile Appeal.

Operation Smile is a global charity that has 5,000 medical volunteers in 42 of the world's poorest countries, performing free reconstructive surgery on children with facial deformities in particular cleft lip and cleft palates. Just one 45-minute operation costing £150 can give a child a brand new start in life. 

For further information, please contact Alex Talbot, Executive Director of Operation Smile  - 0208 576 5665


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