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.

Unfortunately there are some gifts that we regret we can't accept due to infection control, health and safety and limited storage space. 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 can't accept. Please contact us to arrange a delivery of toys.

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

Gift ideas for our patients

Please note all toys must be new and CE or UKCA marked.  If you are unsure, please give us a call on 0151 252 5716.

In addition to the items below, we also accept chocolate eggs at Easter and selection boxes at Christmas.

For babies

  • Musical toys
  • Sensory toys
  • Rattles
  • Soft books

Young children

  • Arts and Crafts sets
  • Board Games
  • Jigsaws
  • Plastic toys – Must be brand new and still in their packaging
  • Themed toys – e.g. High School Musical, Harry Potter, Peppa pig


  • Arts and Crafts sets
  • Books/Comics
  • Games consoles/Games Gadgets

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.

Gifts we can't accept

  • Videos and DVDs – we no longer have the facilities to play these
  • Second hand toys
  • Clothes
  • Soft toys
  • Large toys
  • Food items without ingredient list

Gifts from businesses and organisations

We are grateful to the many businesses and organisations that organise gift collections on behalf of Alder Hey patients. If you are planning to do this, please contact us in advance.

As a business or organisation you may also have products you would like to donate for us to use as fundraising prizes, to sell or auction. 

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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