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The Toy Trust to support all registered UK children’s hospices thanks to Richard Beecham donation

The Toy Trust now has the resources available to assist every registered children’s hospice in the UK due to some incredible personal generosity from industry stalwart Richard Beecham.

Following an unexpected and extremely generous personal donation from Beecham, the Toy Trust will now be able to support to every children’s hospice registered in the UK, in addition to the ten previously announced UK children’s hospices.

“On behalf of the Toy Trust, we are so grateful for this act of generosity which has enabled us to pledge our support to not just 10 but all 23 of the UK’s children’s hospices," said Foye Pascoe, chair of The Toy Trust Committee.

"Through Richard’s generosity, a lasting legacy will be left with many more children and their families through the Toy Trust’s initiative.”

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.

In addition to support for children’s hospices, overseas charity East African Playgrounds (EAP), who are based in Uganda, will receive a grant of £60,000 to go on 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.

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