As part of its Giving the Gift of Play theme, it now has the resources available to assist every registered children’s hospice in the UK.
Following an unexpected and extremely generous personal donation from toy industry stalwart Richard Beecham, the Toy Trust will now be able to support every children’s hospice registered in the UK, in addition to the 10 previously announced UK children’s hospices.
Earlier this year, the Toy Trust unveiled its 2016 theme – Giving the Gift of Play, which will go on to facilitate positive play experiences for children that need it most.
The Toy Trust made a strategic decision to provide specialist play equipment through UK children’s hospices in 2016, many of which have huge running costs with little funding available for play equipment. The dedicated Toy Trust funding this year will provide crucial play experiences for children with life-limiting illnesses and their siblings.
Foye Pascoe, chair of the Toy Trust Committee, said: “On behalf of the Toy Trust, we’re so grateful for this act of generosity which has enabled us to pledge our support to all 23 of the UK’s children’s hospices. Through Richard’s generosity, a lasting legacy will be left with many more children and their families through the Toy Trust’s initiative.”
In addition, overseas charity East African Playgrounds (EAP), which is based in Uganda, will receive a grant of £60,000 to build 13 new playgrounds in refugee camps, local early childhood development and nursery centres and government schools in Uganda, also as part of the Giving the Gift of Play theme.