Children’s charities to benefit from generosity of exhibitors at Harrogate show.
More than 600 toy retailers and suppliers from the UK, Ireland, Australia and Malta attended the annual Toymaster May show at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. At the end of the show, the organisers contacted stand holders asking if they would donate at least one product, to be given to local charities in and around the Harrogate area. This initiative has been carried out for several years, and always elicits a positive response.
Toymaster managing director Ian Edmunds explained: “We love coming to Harrogate and love coming to the Majestic Hotel. At the end of the show we take a letter to each stand asking if they would be kind enough to leave a gift for charity. Yet again the exhibitors have responded magnificently. It makes me proud to be associated with this superb industry, which is famed for its support of charities.”
Exhibitors came up trumps this year, with a bumper crop of toys and games which were collected by local charity fundraisers Maureen and Bob Burns, for distribution to six organisations in the Harrogate area. Martin House Children’s Hospice, Young Carers, Leeds General Infirmary Children’s Ward, Skibbu (special baby unit at Harrogate District Hospital, Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Hope Pastures will all benefit from the donated toys.
Maureen commented: “I am staggered at the generosity of the toy manufacturers exhibiting at the Toymaster show. This year, we estimate the number of toys to be close to 1,000. It’s just fantastic and I just can’t thank them enough for their generosity.”
Majestic Hotel general manager Matthew Hole added: “As ever, it has been our pleasure to host Toymaster’s May Show. It’s always an event the team here look forward to staging, and it’s wonderful that it benefits local charities as well as the local economy.”