Fairy Bricks, a charity initiative that sends LEGO to children in hospital has had £400,000 worth of toys stolen from its warehouse in Huddersfield. According to reports, around 18,000 boxes of the construction toy building kits were stolen leaving the organisation ‘devastated.’
Children helped by the charity have sent messages of support to the unit, ran by Kevin Gascoigne – the charity’s ‘chief fairy’ – who said he had been in tears following the break-in earlier this week.
The charity’s warehouse in the Moldgreen area was broken into at some point between late Saturday night and the early hours of Monday morning. Thieves took a large number of LEGO sets, loading them into a vehicle before making off from the scene. They later returned to take more boxes, along with a van that the charity uses to transport donations to and from hospitals.
The van was later recovered after the charity put out an appeal for information on social media.
Fairy Bricks said it had received a positive response from the public as well as support from The LEGO Group itself.
Gascoigne added: “That’s the only thing that’s going to get us through this, that’s what drives us to get back. We can’t allow ourselves to be defeated by people like this, the kids are still going to need our support and we’re still going to provide it.”
Fairy Bricks estimate that between £300,000 and £400,000 worth of LEGO has been stolen.
CCTV from the night of the raid has been given to West Yorkshire Police and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.