Finsbury Park children’s charity needs new premises to cope with huge toy turnover

TOY Project volunteer Jess Doyle. Picture: TOY Project

TOY Project volunteer Jess Doyle. Picture: TOY Project - Credit: Archant

A children’s charity with a turnover of 5,000 toys a month is desparate for sponsors to fund a permanent home.

The Toy Project, now in its third year, donates unwanted toys to children in hospitals, hospices and nurseries etc.

But with a huge turnover of donations packing the shelves, it has now outgrown its home in Finsbury Park Community Rooms, Durham Road – loaned free by Islington Council.

Jane Garfield, founder of he charity, which relies solely on donations and its own fundraising events, said: “We need a permanant home: a space that can work as an office space, a store space, a creative space, a shop and a drop in space.”

The Toy Project is hoping the council will offer one of its old centres that is no longer in use.

However, this bigger base will not be free. The charity is looking for 12 sponsors to each donate £1,500 – to pay one month’s rent – for a minimum of two years.

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