Thanks to our generous supporters, we often receive gifts for our young patients, which we are extremely grateful for. At busy times of the year, like Easter and Christmas, a gift can make a big difference to a patient.

Due to issues such as infection control, health and safety and limited storage space, we can only accept new toy donations and there are some types of gifts we cannot accept at all, such as soft toys, clothes and second-hand toys.

We have put together a list to give you an idea about what you could donate for our young patients, and some guidance about what we can and cannot accept. Please note all toys must be marked with the new British Kite Mark. If you are unsure, please give us a call on 0151 252 5716.

Please contact us to arrange delivery of toys.

You can also make a single or regular donation or check out some fundraising ideas.

Toy donation ideas

Our patients are aged 0 to 16 and we often need extra gifts for teenagers, who take as much pleasure in a gift as a younger patient. In addition to the items below, we also accept chocolate eggs at Easter and selection boxes at Christmas.

Toy donation ideas for babies

  • Musical toys
  • Sensory toys
  • Rattles
  • Soft books

Toy donation ideas for young children

  • DVDs – We can only accept U, PG or 12 rated DVDs
  • Arts and Crafts sets
  • Board Games
  • Jigsaws
  • Plastic toys – Must be brand new and still in their packaging
  • Themed toys – e.g. Paw Patrol, Fingerlings, Hatchimals, Pokemon, Nella the Princess Knight

Toy donation ideas for teenagers

  • DVDs - We can only accept U, PG or 12 rated DVDs
  • Arts and Crafts sets
  • Books/Comics
  • Journals, notebooks, stationery
  • MP3 Players
  • Games consoles/Games gadgets

Toys and gift donations, we CAN’T accept

As mentioned above, we can’t accept certain toys, games and gifts, due to many reasons, such as health and safety and infection control rules. The gifts we can’t accept are:

  • Videos (VHS) – we no longer have the facilities to play videos
  • Second-hand toys
  • Clothes
  • Soft toys
  • Large toys
  • Food items without an ingredient list

Toy Donations from businesses and organisations

If your business wishes to organise a toy donation or gift collection on behalf of Alder Hey patients, please contact us in advance so we can help you arrange it. We are always grateful to the many businesses and organisations who donate to Alder Hey. 

If you have a product or service that you wish to donate to us as fundraising prizes or to sell at our charity auctions, contact us today.

If you are representing a business or organisation and would like to discuss partnering with Alder Hey Children's Charity, please visit our corporate fundraising section.

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