Fairy Bricks, a charity which donates LEGO sets to children’s hospices and hospitals, has begun a roll out of donations of more than 30,000 LEGO sets to children of NHS workers.
The donations will be made to the dedicated staff at NHS hospital trusts across the UK, starting with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. The charity will help hospital trusts distribute the LEGO sets to employees in line with the critically important social distancing and health and safety policies hospitals have in place.
The donations will help children find moments of playful joy with their families, as their dedicated parents juggle childcare and their own wellbeing while working around the clock to protect the nation.
“We are truly grateful for everything our NHS heroes are doing to keep us safe,” says Kevin Gascoigne, CEO of Fairy Bricks. “We know that the fight against Covid-19 is keeping many of them away from their families and their children. This is a very small gesture we hope will bring some smiles to families during a very tough time.
“Due to Covid-19 we’ve been unable to donate sets to hospitals and facilities as usual. As a result, and due to a generous donation from the LEGO Group, we have sets for children of our NHS workers which we hope to distribute over the coming weeks.”
Fairy Bricks is a long-standing partner of the LEGO Group which, alongside other donors, provides the charity with sets to brighten the lives of sick children. Each year Fairy Bricks donates more than 40,000 LEGO sets to hospitals in the UK and internationally.
In addition to the support the LEGO Group is giving Fairy Bricks, the toy company is also donating more than £200,000 to UK children’s charities to support those in our local communities through these unprecedented times.
These UK donations form part of a $50 million global commitment from the LEGO Group to support families impacted by Covid-19 through The LEGO Foundation. LEGO is also donating over 500,000 sets to children in need around the world.
LEGO has also partnered with the UK Government to release a video
explain how, why and what the pandemic is to children, and how to stay safe.