Amazon Team Partners With Barnardo’s For Kidsmas Party Surprise

Boys and girls from Milton Keynes had a special Christmas surprise this week when they made a visit to Amazon in Dunstable to take part in a Christmas-themed day of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) fun with Barnardo’s.

The children, who are part of Barnardo’s Short Breaks Milton Keynes programme, visited Amazon in Dunstable with the charity as part of a programme called Amazon Future Engineer.

Amazon Future Engineer is one of several STEM programmes run by Amazon in the UK and is aimed at inspiring, educating and enabling more than one million children to try computer science over the next two years. Amazon’s STEM programmes are endorsed by the British Science Association.

During their visit to Amazon, the boys and girls visited Santa’s Grotto and took part in a Christmas-themed STEM workshop where they programmed their very own robots, had a tour of the fulfilment centre, and learned about technology.

At the end of their special tour, the children had a Christmas party with some of the team at Amazon in Dunstable and Father Christmas. Following the event, the boys and girls took home their own STEM-themed Christmas presents, which included LEGO sets and activity books.

During the Christmas visit, Amazon also announced that it had made a donation of £30,000 to Barnardo’s to help the charity continue its work with vulnerable children across the UK. The donation will support Barnardo’s work transforming the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK.

Edmon Yohannes, General Manger at Amazon in Dunstable, added: “Barnardo’s mission to transform the lives of the vulnerable children in our society really strikes a chord with Amazon and it’s an honour to partner with them for the Christmas STEM activity. Our team had a great time welcoming the boys and girls to our fulfilment centre and it was amazing to see the joy on their faces as they programmed robots, met Father Christmas and opened their presents.

“We share the charity’s vision to create a brighter future for our children and I hope the boys and girls enjoyed their visit to Amazon. On behalf of everyone at Amazon in Dunstable, I’d like to wish the children and the team at Barnardo’s a very Merry Christmas.”

Paddy Griffiths, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Barnardo’s said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Edmon and the team for hosting this special event for our children and to the wider Amazon team for the incredibly generous donation. It’s fantastic to get support like this from a company like Amazon and I hope the visit to the fulfilment centre has a lasting impact on the children.”

The event and donation forms part of the ‘Amazon in the Community’ programme whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

About Barnado's

Last year around 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

Barnardo’s work to change the lives of vulnerable children in the UK and every year they help thousands of families to build a better future. But they cannot do it without you.

Visit to find out how you can get involved. Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605

About Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer launched in the UK earlier this year with a goal to reach over a million children over the next two years – including free robotics workshops for over 10,000 primary school children.

The robotics training – specifically geared towards primary school pupils – has been devised together with Fire Tech Camp and is accredited by the British Science Association.

Amazon Future Engineer has been launched as new independent research by Capital Economics reveals the UK needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates, to meet labour demands every year. Without addressing this issue, the economy faces losing out on an estimated £33 billion per year by 2030.


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