Every Harry Potter fan knows that house elf Dobby deserves to be free so Swindon’s Brunel Shopping Centre are asking you to grab your socks and head down to the Brunel Plaza where you will find Dobby, sat impatiently in his cage, waiting for you to free him.
In the Harry Potter books, house elves are only free when their master gives them some clothes and socks are Dobby’s favourite.
But not only will your socks help Dobby regain his freedom but by putting money inside them you can also help The Brunel raise £500 for good causes.
Jane Stewart, Deputy General Manager of The Brunel Centre, came up with the idea of using the opportunity of the launch of the forthcoming new Harry Potter book to raise money for two charities. Jane said: “We really hope everyone will get involved in our “free Dobby” campaign. The funds raised will be split equally between The Brunel’s adopted charity, which for this year is The Youth Adventure Trust, and Waterstones’ adopted charity The Book Trust.”
Fans of Harry Potter will be well aware that the eighth story in JK Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, will be published on Sunday 31 July 2016. Swindon’s Waterstones will be opening at 9pm on Saturday 30 July for fans to queue to collect their pre-ordered books at midnight. The Brunel Centre are anticipating a lot of interest so the centre will be providing free entertainment for those queuing and local coffee specialist 222 will be staying open to provide refreshments and Butter Beer, plus Sweets Galore will be selling sweet treats. A Hagrid look-alike and a Witch and Wizard will entertain those queuing. Waterstones will be selling raffle tickets for one lucky winner to win their book and to be the very first person to receive their copy. Proceeds from the raffle will be added to the Free Dobby appeal.
After the campaign, in order that donated socks do not go to waste, they will be given to Monkey World, the ape and monkey rescue centre in Dorset. Staff at the centre hide treats inside the socks to enrich feeding-time for the animals.
Staff at The Brunel Centre have selected The Youth Adventure Trust as their chosen charity and will be fundraising for the charity during the coming year. The Youth Adventure Trust workings with vulnerable children from across Wiltshire and Swindon. For more information go to: www.youthadventuretrust.org.uk
For more information go to www.thebrunel.co.uk