Argos Holds Charity Auction to Win Exclusive LEGO® Buzz Lightyear

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Your chance to bag a genuine piece of LEGO® history while helping a good cause.

Calling all fans of LEGO® and Toy Story - do you want the unique opportunity to own a piece of history by becoming the proud owner of a 5ft Buzz Lightyear made entirely of LEGO® bricks?

To celebrate the release of the Toy Story 3 DVD, Argos, the number one retailer in the UK for toys, is holding a silent auction to win the huge LEGO® model at http://www.bigplay.co.uk/buzz

The 5ft Buzz took two skilled model builders nearly 150 hours to create using a staggering 32,890 LEGO® bricks. The LEGO® Buzz Lightyear weighs in at 78kg and stands 157cm tall and 104cm wide.

Simply visit the Big Play site, enter your details along with a secret bid and cross your fingers. The auction will close on Christmas Eve and the highest bidder will get to own their own piece of LEGO® history.

Proceeds from the auction will be split between Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity partner of Argos, and the National Autistic Society, which is supported by LEGO®.

Also available on the Big Play website are the latest offers on toys, Top Trumps, details of in-store demonstrations and the Argos Wish List.

For more information contact:
Argos Press Office
020 7922 8111

Notes to editors:

Full terms and conditions for the auction will be on http://www.bigplay.co.uk/buzz

About the Partnership
Home Retail Group employees nominated Teenage Cancer Trust as their official charity partner in July 2010. The two-year partnership is estimated to be worth £2 million. Teenage Cancer Trust currently reaches around 50% of young people living with cancer. Home Retail Group, owner of Argos and Homebase, aims to help Teenage Cancer Trust achieve their goal of helping to treat all young people with cancer in the UK and the Republic of Ireland within the next two years.

Teenage Cancer Trust
Every day in the UK, six young people are told they have cancer. This is a rising figure and there are already more young people than children with the disease. These young people often receive hospital treatment in inappropriate facilities catering for children or the elderly.

Teenage Cancer Trust units aren't like ordinary cancer wards. Their 'Home from Home' environment helps create a sense of normality, so you might find pool tables, games, jukeboxes, computers and patients chatting with friends on webcams. Our young patients can also decide what time they would like to get up, what to eat and when and can have friends and family over to stay.

Teenage Cancer Trust currently have 17 units across the country and its aim is to build enough units so that every young person with cancer has access to one. Over the next two years Teenage Cancer Trust is planning to develop an additional 19 units across the country. All the money raised by Home Retail Group (Argos and Homebase) will help us fund this ambitious building programme and help transform the lives of young people in your community and across the UK and Republic of Ireland

For more information visit http://www.teenagecancertrust.org Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity, no. 1062559

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society is the UK's leading charity for people with autism and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services to 100,000 people every year, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition which means that while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some will be able to live relatively independent lives, while others will need a lifetime of support.

About Argos
Argos is a unique retailer recognised for choice, value and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from over 750 stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, online and over the telephone. In the last financial year, Argos sales were £4.3 billion.

Argos serves over 135 million customers a year through its stores. On average, 17 million UK households, or around two thirds of the population, have an Argos catalogue at home at any time. Argos expects to add around 10 stores this year and its internet site, http://www.argos.co.uk, was the most visited high street retailer online in the UK in 2009.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer.

Home Retail Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard which certifies that we have genuinely reduced our carbon footprint. We call our responsible approach 'the basis of good business'. Find out more at: http://www.thebasisofgoodbusiness.com

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