Winter Thank you's

Many Thanks Swansway Honda

Early December we were thrilled to meet Andrea and Lee who work for Swansway Honda, a car dealership company based in Bolton. They were given our name by Angela Gray who used to be a member of the Toy House when her family were young. The Swansway group is very generous and each year their 27 dealerships collect toys which they donate to Charities. At Easter they also distribute Easter Eggs to the same charities. So, a huge thank you to Angela for suggesting The Toy House as a recipient. Angela is head of fundraising for another charity and plans to visit here and share some of her tips on fundraising.

Mosaic

In our previous blog, we mentioned that we worked closely with Leonard Cheshire, the charity behind the Can Do program, on the Wellacre’s on-site Eco Centre project. Sadly, this six week project has now ended.

Lisa Miller is the Programme Co-ordinator for Leonard Cheshire and runs the Can Do Project. She contacted us to say that the students from Brentwood college like to create a mosaic for us with the help of artist Letitia Attwell. On February 12th , the students presented us with the outstanding mosaic. Everybody at The Toy House was overjoyed with the result and was so touched by the students’ hard work.

Prairie Schooner Stars Wars quiz night

We would like to say a big thank you to the Prairie Schooner Co-Owner, Robert MacRae, who arranged a Stars Wars quiz night in December for The Toy House. He continued to support us throughout the Christmas and New Year period by having money tins in his micro pub. We are delighted to announce that the Prairie Schooner customers raised a grand total of £115 for our charity.

 

Our Autumn News

Thank you’s

Since the changes within Trafford Council, we have become a self-supporting charity. Therefore, we greatly appreciate all the kind people who work tirelessly raising funds for The Toy House. We require these funds to keep our charity going for the good of the residents of Trafford.

Sharon Lewis, who is a long-time friend of the Toy House, contacted us to say that her employer ENGIE would like to help us. They had been aware of the work that we do at The Toy House and wanted to support us. On September 4th, five employees from ENGIE spent three days painting the hall, the stairs, and Lorraine’s room. They provided all the decorating materials and they have donated a toilet and sink for our new bathroom facilities. This fantastic company engages with local charities, organisations, and schools to make a positive difference in society. We would like to say a huge thank you for their generosity and kindness- we are so very grateful!

We would like to congratulate our very own Road Runner, Liz Osler. Liz is a board member and has been involved with the Toy House for many years. Liz signed up for the Warrington Half Marathon and spent months training for it.  Unfortunately, the event was cancelled but this didn’t deter our Liz! No, she organised her very own solo half-marathon event and managed to finish it in 2 hours and 17 minutes and in the process raised £3121!! A lady from Solemother virtual running group saw Liz’s amazing achievement and presented her with a medal. A big thank you and a gigantic well done to Liz. We all are so proud!

 

One of our visitors recently attended The Toy House for his granddaughters 3rd birthday party. He was so impressed with how the local community benefited from our charity, that he nominated us to his company. As a result, we were kindly awarded £500 from Hawkins & Associates. We would like to say a huge thank you for the thoughtful nomination and the generous donation.

The Urmston Millenniums Masons have been life-long supporters of The Toy House. They hold regular fundraising events throughout the year to support us. Jan Horan was invited to Urmston Masonic Lodge to talk about The Toy House and to her surprise, she was presented with a £200 cheque! It was such a lovely surprise and we would like to thank you for your continued support.

Finally, our special thank you goes to Dennis McGolin who came to our rescue recently and repaired our leaking roof. It was a true act of kindness thank you.

News

We are pleased to announce that George Devlin has been appointed as our new Chairman. George has been involved with the local community for many years and we believe that he will be a vital asset as we continue our journey. We look forward to working alongside George.

Well, this Autumn half term has certainly been action-packed! Our timetable is filled with various groups for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from. One of our particular busy sessions is for families with twins. Due to the high demand, often an extra pair of hands is required, and we are more than happy to help out! We provide a wide range of suitable and often duplicated resources. These sessions create opportunities for new friendships to be formed in a relaxed atmosphere. This helps to lessen the feeling of isolation that can often be experienced as a parent/carer.

In September, we welcomed back pupils from the Acre Hall Specialist Unit and The Orchards School. We like to call them our VIP visitors. These sessions are specifically modified to meet the individual needs of the children. This means that we choose appropriate resources suited to the child and run sensory room sessions. At the end of the session, some of the children enjoy joining in with a sing-song

We are pleased to report that our personalised children’s parties are proving to be very successful. Also, we have had an increased interest in people hiring our larger items for family events.

Can Do project

Leonard Cheshire, the charity behind the Can Do program, works with partners to open doors to opportunity.   This project has brought together The Toy House, a community hub for Trafford families, and Trafford Choices, which works with SEN adults within the local area.  It has provided these young people with opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and to make a difference to their local community.

For six weeks, the group has been visiting Wellacre’s on-site Eco Centre to carry out a number of activities including composting, planting herbs on the Eco wall, potting cacti and spring bulbs, weeding the flower beds to prepare them for next year, and clearing the path around the pond.

Two of our fabulous Toy House volunteers, Bob Perry and Victoria MacLeod-Griffiths, have led the activities with their gardening expertise and they have been on hand to teach the young group new skills.

Margaret Bamber, from the Toy House said:

“The intergenerational connection has been fabulous to observe between the volunteers and the young people.  Connor, one of the young gardeners, has been shaking Bob's hand each week and saying, “Thank you for showing me how to do that.””

When this six-week project is completed, The Toy House hopes to carry on the community project. We would love to bring our young volunteers and families to the Eco Centre.

 

 

Half term holiday sessions

During the October half term, we ran two spookily holiday sessions which were very well attended. Our sessions are always inclusive and we always aim to meet the needs and entertain the various ages of our visitors. We ran a number of Halloween crafts which proved very popular. On one of the days, we welcomed Kirsty from Love Forever photography to The Toy House to run baby and family photo shoots. We had lots of very excited children dressed up and ready to smile.

On October 25th, The Toy House held a fundraising Band & Croon night at the Parish Centre Davyhulme. Despite the miserable Manchester weather, we had a fantastic evening. We want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and supported our charity. We are pleased to say that the Trafford Mayor and Mrs Sue Taylor popped in during the evening.

Finally, a special thank you to the Sweet Rhythm Band, Ruthie O'Brien, Neeve Zahra, and Little Mo Peters who performed on the evening. We would also like to thank  Lydia Fernandouz-Arias, our very own photographer, who captured all the magical memories that were made that evening. All of these wonderful individuals gave their time to us for free and made the night a great success.

Click the link below to see a video of this event.

https://www.facebook.com/lydia.fernandezarias/videos/10156786817976545/

Future Events

Fashion Show

The Toy House is pleased to announce that it is holding a fundraising fashion show on Friday, December 6th at Flixton Golf Club.  The show is being hosted by and tickets are £5 per person which includes a glass of Prosecco. If you would like further information or if you would like to purchase a ticket please contact us on 0161 746 8185 or email our email address is [email protected]

Christmas is coming

We don’t want to be the one to mention it but Christmas is fast approaching we are currently holding Christmas Afternoon sessions at a cost of £13.95 per person. The feedback has been very positive in fact one lovely lady said: “It was the best Afternoon Tea ever!

 

 

Breakfast with Santa -We all know that Santa is very busy at this time of year so we are overjoyed that on Saturday, December 7th Santa is making an unscheduled stop at the Toy House. He will be visiting between 9.30 and 11.30 am, there will be bacon sarnies available.

If you would like further information or would like to book a place on either event please contact us on 0161 746 8185 or email our email address is [email protected]

 

Our Special Thank Yous

Our Special Thank yous

We would like to congratulate our treasurer, Chris Farthing and his son, Andy who took part in the Tour de Mon around Anglesey on 18th August. They completed the route in 7 hours and 34 minutes with an average speed of 14mph. So far, they have raised £1235 for The Toy House and the money continues to roll in. A big thank you and a gigantic well done from The Toy House team. What an achievement!

We would like to thank Lorraine Ryan, a local businesswoman, who owns Diamond Cleaning Company. Lorraine’s clients were asked to nominate a charity they would like to support, and Lorraine organised a raffle for her customers. We are delighted to announce that they chose The Toy House and Lorraine raised a grand total of £120 for us.

Our amazing volunteer, Victoria hosted a stall at the Alexandra Park car boot sale. Unfortunately, the poor Manchester weather resulted in the car boot sale being ‘rained off’ and the stalls had to close early. However, Victoria still managed to raise £110.70 for our charity. Thank you, Victoria, for your continuing dedication.

Thank Yous for June

Hello,

During volunteer’s week on the 1st- 7th June, we presented certificates to all our wonderful and dedicated volunteers at The Toy House. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic, hardworking team who support the daily running of our community hub and we wanted to say an extra special thank you.

We would like to say a big thank you for all of the individuals who have helped fundraise for The Toy House recently. At The Toy House, we are dependent on the support of our lovely visitors, donations, fundraising, and grants to keep our charity running. For this reason, we are so grateful for the generosity and kindness of those who take the time to fundraise for us.

Firstly, we would like to thank Trafford Housing Trust for their generous grant and their continuing support. We are so appreciative of your contributions.

We are thrilled to report that Tracey Reece and her friends have raised funds for The Toy House by completing a sponsored ride at Longford park on April 14th. It was such a fun afternoon and we loved cheering you all on. A big well done to you all for taking part and ginormous thank you for all your efforts.

Students from Wellacre Academy have kindly raised money by holding various fundraising events at Turin House. We would like to say a massive thank you for thinking of us.

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of the three Co-op community fundraising projects. We would like to say a big thank you for all the Co-op members for choosing us. We feel so lucky to have been chosen and currently, the Co-op members have raised a whopping £1221.62 for our charity. The purpose of the project is to expand our small premises so that we can offer messy play to our young visitors. Please keep supporting us, thank you. 

In addition to this, over the past few months, Lisa Drabble and her Co-op team have decided to raise additional funds for The Toy House. Thank you all so much for your hard work.

Finally, thank you to Manchester IT for their continued support and guidance with our computer system.   

Thank you all once again,

The Toy House team.