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Making a difference: Toy Show Appeal Stories

Making a difference
Making a difference

It is estimated that over 600,000 children and family members are benefitting from 55 projects across Ireland during 2021 and into the future, thanks to the funds raised by the 2020 RTÉ Toy Show Appeal.

That money helped children as young as newborns, right up to late teens. We helped at least one project in every county in Ireland. Please see below, a snapshot of some of the ways in which the monies raised made a difference.

Barnardos Ireland received a grant of €1.5 million. For more information about the projects this grant supported see here

Children's Health Foundation also received a grant of €1.5 million. For more information about Children's Health Foundation see here

Children’s Books Ireland received a grant of over €300,000. For more information about this project, please see here

Limerick Youth Service | Supporting Youth Activity in Limerick City & Co. Limerick will be enabled develop mental health supports for young people in rural communities, especially those experiencing marginalisation or isolation.

COPE Galway - Homeless, Domestic Abuse & Senior Support Services will work with children and families experiencing homelessness. to help ensure essential developmental goals including nutrition, physical activity and learning and education are met. Teenagers living in homeless accommodation face unique challenges, particularly with their mental health and this project will provide targeted support for teenagers.

In Cork, Music Generation | Music Education Ireland will expand their community education programme creating inclusive, accessible, and transformative music education experiences for children and young people at risk of exclusion

As a result of the grant funding to A Lust For Life - Irish Mental Health Charity in Ireland , every transition year student in the country will have access to health and wellbeing supports through a project which has set a target of achieving this ambitious goal in five-years.

With the monies given to Dyslexia Association Ireland | Supporting Children & Adults with Dyslexia,  a new learning hub for children with dyslexia will be created, that will help thousands of children, families and teachers for years ahead.. 

As a result of a grant to NCBI - Working for people with sight loss children and teenagers who are blind will benefit from a specially designed personal development programme.

Some of the most inspiring young people are those who selflessly care for a loved one who is seriously ill. Their contribution and sacrifices are recognised with a project with Family Carers Ireland which aims to create the space so they can develop and give proper attention and care to their own education.

There are projects too which will improve the young lives of children whose families are impacted by cancer or autism. Young people with autism will be supported by Home Page -, to develop emotional regulation and self-regulation, self-esteem and confidence. Whether it is a parent or child which is affected cancer has a devastating impact on home life. Thanks to a grant to Home | ARC Cancer Support Centres, a new Family Support Service is being developed to support young people in this situation.

In Belfast the grant awarded will allow Learning Disability - Down's Syndrome - Williams syndrome | Mencap to provide support to young people aged 13-18 years with learning disabilities/additional needs. The aim is to build the skills and resilience needed to support good mental health & wellbeing, and to develop a strong foundation for the transition to adulthood.

Right now there are children who are going to have better, happier, safer and more enriched and nourished lives because of these donations. 

So, that money made a huge, huge difference to lots of children and families right across Ireland. And unfortunately, the need for help is even greater, so the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal will be back again to try and get to even more children and we really hope our audiences will help us.

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