Founded by the British Toy and Hobby Association in 1990, the Toy Trust – the industry’s charity – raises money predominantly from the toy industry, its suppliers and friends, and distributes it to young, disadvantaged and disabled children’s charities within the UK and abroad.
To ensure all the money raised goes to the children that need it most, the Toy Trust is administered by the BTHA which covers all administration costs. To date, the Toy Trust has raised more than £4million. For more information visit Toy Trust.
In addition to the official industry Trust, many of our members support their own charities and community projects each year, here are just a couple of their stories…..
|Jumbo Games |
Jumbo Games created the Pounds for Puzzling fundraiser at Toy Fair 2014 promising to give a pound for every puzzle piece placed to the toy industry’s children’s charity, The Toy Trust. A 1,000 piece Wasgij puzzle was completed on day one resulting in Jumbo continuing the fundraiser and encouraging visitors to complete another puzzle. At end of play Wednesday, Jumbo had raised over £2,000 and by the last day of Toy Fair, a fantastic 2600 pieces had been placed. Jumbo Games are pleased to donate a grand total of £2,600 to the Toy Trust.
“The Toy Trust is extremely grateful for the unwavering support of the industry which allows the charity to continue to disperse funds to children’s causes. Special thanks to Jumbo Games for this fantastic initiative.” Foye Pascoe, Toy Trust Chairman.
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A team of 16 strong ‘athletes’ from North West based toy firm HTI completed a 10K charity fun run on Sunday 12th May. The team’s noble efforts were in aid of the local Trinity Palliative Care Services and Brian House Children’s Hospice. The 10K (6.2mile) route took the runners on a veritable tourist trail along Blackpool’s famous promenade, although the turbulent weather conditions proved a challenging test of endurance as the valiant runners had to battle with bracing winds and driving rain as they sprinted, scampered and staggered along the resort’s Golden Mile towards the finish line. Over 3000 people of all ages and abilities took part in the charity race and over 4000 spectators lined the route to cheer on the runners.
The quickest HTI runner to complete the 10K course was National Account Manager Angela Jamieson with an impressive time of 40 mins 20 seconds. The team’s average race time was a respectable 1 hour 15 seconds. The HTI team has raised a total of £1500 from collective donations and sponsorship, which the HTI Board of Directors has pledged to double to make a grand total of £3000 for the deserving local charity. All members of the HTI Fun Run Team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the toy industry for their generous donations.
Donations can still be made and would be greatly appreciated by logging on to: http://www.justgiving.com/hti
|Vivid Toy Group|
Vivid Toy Group, the largest British toy maker, prides itself in raising over £50,000 every year for both local children’s charities and bigger projects supported by the Toy Trust.
In 2012 over 20 Vivid team members took part in the Toy Trust Three Peaks Challenge and raised over £35,000 towards the funding of a new orphanage in Malawi for street children. “Getting our team to work together and raise funds for big projects like the Malawi orphanage is not only a great way of “giving back” to the world’s poorest children but also a great team-building opportunity and a chance to “stretch” our people outside of their comfort zone,” states Vivid Chairman and Co-founder Nick Austin.
In addition to Toy Trust activities Vivid also supports local children’s charities including Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice, Vivid’s neighbour in Guildford, with whom they do regular fundraising events including fun-runs, toy sales and cake-baking days.