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Toy Trust pledges £180,000 for two main charities

Published on: 11th December 2013

The events and initiatives in the first half of 2014 will support Disability Africa, based in Gunjur, Gambia, whilst the Summer and the second half of 2014’s events will support leading UK mobility charity, Whizz Kidz.The-Toy-Trust-logo300

Foye Pascoe, Toy Trust chair, said: “The support for the Toy Trust in 2013 has been amazing and has raised over £250,000. This allows us to pledge to help two main charities in 2014, as well as continuing the Toy Trust’s work of helping smaller charities with small grants. We will need the industry to get behind the events again in order to be able to achieve the level of support pledged, but we believe the two main charities will fundamentally change the lives of the children they help.”

£90,000 of the money raised in the first half of the year, including the media auction at the awards night, will go toward supporting Disability Africa; a charity that has identified a complete non-acceptance of disabled children in some communities in Africa. This often leads to children being hidden from society. The money raised next year will build a centre in Gunjur, Gambia to support disabled child and educate their parents and the wider community, allowing the children to lead an open and acceptable life.

The main beneficiary of the Summer event, and the events of the second half of 2014, will be Whizz Kidz, the UK’s leading children’s mobility charity. The Toy Trust’s £90,000 donation will allow Whizz Kidz to provide essential mobility equipment to enable disabled children to have fun and active childhoods and the freedom, independence, confidence and skills to reach their true potential and ensure no child is left behind.

The main second half activity will be the Toy Trust 2014 Big Challenge on Saturday 7th June 2014. 250 participants will have the opportunity to cycle 130km around the Isle of Wight, run or walk 20k or do two of the events. There are the last remaining places available to take part in the event and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to get involved in any of the fundraising activities contact Matt Jones at matt@btha.co.uk or visit the Toy Trust website for information on events and to read about where the money has been spent in 2013 – www.btha.co.uk/toy-trust.

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