Toymaster would like to send a big thank you to all the suppliers who left donations for charity in the reception room on the last day of the show.
A letter was received from Maureen Burns of Martin House Hospice Harrogate, detailing where the toys were donated.
The letter is as follows:
Thank you for organising the superb donation from the Toymaster Team and their exhibitors once again this year, it is appreciated. The quality, variety and quantity of the toys are as always amazing and I know that the children’s charities receiving them were thrilled to be one of the fortunate recipients of your generous donation.
Once again we gave over 80% on the toys to Martin House our local hospice for children and young people in Clifford near Wetherby, who provide medical care, love and support to children from birth to 18 years with a life limiting illness and their families free of charge. The toys will be sorted out by members of the care team as appropriate for each child. Throughout the year particularly at birthdays, Christmas time or if they are in need of a treat when they are feeling particularly poorly. Siblings who come to stay at the hospice with their brother or sisters also benefit from the donations and the larger items used in the playrooms. I know that this wonderful donation is much appreciated by everyone at the hospice.
Harrogate Young Carers is another worthy local charity who received some of the toys. The young people they support are often children who have a high level of daily responsibility as carers of sick members of their family often their own parents. The responsibility placed of them at such a young age is very sad and anthing we can do to brighten their young lives will give them a huge boost. HYC provides a safe place for the children to take time out to enjoy their childhood for a short time away from their daily lives and the donated games and toys may brighten up their lives and shows them that they are not forgotten by the wider community.
Skibbu the Special Baby Unit and the Woodlands Children’s wards at Harrogate Hospital received some of the toys and games suitable for their particular age group. The children are newborn babies up to 12 years old who are ill and need treatment during their stay at hospital, and I feel sure that they will have lots of fun with them and make their time in Hospital a little more acceptable.
Another recipient is a little girl who lives in Harrogate called Mia who has been very ill since birth and had a kidney transplant when she was just two. Her grandmother Carol raises lots of money for the children’s wards at Leeds General Infirmary to thank them for all the care they have given Mia and her family over the years. Mia will need special care for the rest of her life because she has a range of serious medical conditions and needs to spend a lot of time in hospital.
Bradford Royal Infirmary is building a new specialist children’s ward, and to help them, some of the toys have gone there to help to equip the playrooms. In the past I have done lots of work for the hospital so I know it’s a very worthwhile cause. Your donation of some new toys and games will brighten up their stay in hospital.
We also donated a small number of bags and toys and games to Oatlands Pre-School which is a small local charity which has children from two years old to five attending each day. It is a very small project and they were thrilled to receive this most welcome donation.