Children’s charity Barnardo’s holds Christmas lights switch-on at Barkingside headquarters

Children’s charity Barnardo’s marked the festive season by switching on its Christmas tree lights at its head office yesterday.

Barnardo’s chief executive invited the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Muhammed Javed, to switch on the lights on a giant Christmas tree near the charity’s Dr Barnardo’s Monument, in Tanners Lane, Barkingside.

The event was held in conjunction with construction company, Mulalley’s, to celebrate work commencing on the new Barnardo’s Garden Village development which will see the building of 144 new homes.

Mulalley director, Eamon O’Malley, said: “This was a great opportunity for local people to see the works that we are carrying out on the new development, which is set to provide new family homes for people in Redbridge.”

The event got underway with carol singing by children from Fullwood Primary School, Burford Close, and ended with a reception with mince pies and mulled wine.

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Chief executive, Anne-Marie Carrie, said: “We are delighted to have marked the countdown to Christmas with our Christmas tree lights switch-on. This is an exciting time for the charity with work commencing on the development.

“We welcomed the Mayor joining us in our celebrations along with local school children who have kick started the beginning of the festive season for us”.

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