Today the Toy Trust gave an update on their excellent efforts to raise money for childrenâ€™s charities. In an email from Graeme Canning, the Toy Trust Committee Chairman to the trade he had this to say:
Dear Colleagues and friends,
I hope you, your families, friends and colleagues are all keeping well.
The Toy Trust have remained very active in 2021 and I am pleased to update you all on the support we have been giving to children’s charities with your fundraising.
Thanks to the success of our Around The World in 80 Hours in June, we have been able to pledge our support to myAFK and HCAG – two outstanding UK mobility charities for children.
We are also continuing to give grants to small UK children’s charities throughout this year.
Please scroll down to see how the Toy Trust is making a tangible difference to children’s lives. You can also find out about upcoming events, ways you can get involved and the chance to give us any feedback or ideas on fundraising moving forward.
Thank you for the continued support of your industry charity – The Toy Trust.
Toy Trust Committee Chairman
Max is a 6-year-old boy from Devon. He enjoys spending time outdoors and watering plants around the house. He loves spending time with his older brother Theo and wants to start karate with him when heâ€™s old enough.
Max has Erbâ€™s Palsy, which has caused significant loss of sensation, movement, and strength in his right shoulder, arm, and hand. This affects his balance, coordination, and posture and makes it difficult for him to do many daily tasks on his own. He has had various surgeries over the years to help try and improve the movement in his arm, but still has difficulty with his right upper torso.
One of the activities Max dreamed about most was one day being able to ride a bike with his brother, to go fast and not worry about falling off and hurting himself. Maxâ€™s family applied to AFK for funding towards a specialist recumbent trike so he could go out on bike rides with his family and friends. Cycling is not only a fun activity, but will improve Maxâ€™s fitness, core strength, and balance.
Thanks to the Toy Trustâ€™s support of AFK, Maxâ€™s bike was ordered and delivered before the end of the summer holidays. His family got in touch to say,
â€˜The trike is here!!! And my word, we have one VERY excited boy on our hands! We drove to collect the trike on Friday and Max has been out on it every day since. He has taken to it like a fish to water and I will admit to feeling a little emotional seeing him independently cycling with such a huge smile on his face. I cannot thank you and your charities enough for the gift you have given not just Max, but our entire family.
Max’s new ability has opened up the path for family bike rides, something his older brother has been desperate for us to do. I have attached a photo of Max enjoying the sun this morning. I couldn’t get a video because he was pedaling so fast I couldn’t run in front enough to capture it! But I just let him have that moment (trying to run Mum over is apparently highly amusing!). Thank you so very much again.â€™
Charities the Toy Trust has supported so far this year
Alive and Kicking UK
Blooming Blossoms Trust
The Cheer-Up Squad
Clapton Common Boys Club
The Happy & Healthy Trust
The Krazy Kat Theatre Company
3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scouts
The Clare School
Coventry Rugby Community Foundation
The Transforming Autism Project
â€‹Ysgol Maes y Coed PTFA
Cued Speech UK
Hope for Paediatric Epilepsy
Horsley Bookham & Leatherhead Riding for the Disabled
Marjorie Hickling Bursary Fund
Nourish Support Centre
Riding for Smiles
The Sandcastle Trust
The Toy Trust would like your feedback
Please get in touch or visit the Toy Trust website to make a donation, view our events and download your own fundraising materials.
If you have a fundraising idea of your own, please email Matt@btha.co.ukto discuss.