It was announced today that over 1.1 million children and their families will benefit from the donations raised during the 2021 Late Late Toy Show Appeal.
ISPCC Childline is delighted to be among the 154 charities chosen to share the incredible amount of money raised.
Every year, the Late Late Toy Show raises money to help children in need and last November, an audience of 1.8 million viewers helped raise over €6.6 million to help change children’s lives for the better.
This money will now be used to support the work of registered children’s charities and community groups across the island of Ireland.
In a change to the normal course of events, 154 charities are to receive grants, up from 55 last year. As well as that, for the first time, at least one project in every county will benefit.
The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal in partnership with the Community Foundation for Ireland has announced that the following four charities are to receive transformative grants of €250,000 or over:
- Exchange House Ireland in Limerick promotes equal opportunities for Travellers in areas of health, education, training, accommodation, and enterprise on a nationwide basis.
- Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Galway inspires all children regardless of geographic, economic, physical, intellectual, or cultural status to engage with the creative arts.
- Spraoi agus Spórt in Donegal provides affordable and inclusive opportunities, activities and experiences for children, families, young people, and adults.
- Parents Plus develops and delivers evidenced-based parenting, mental health, and educational interventions for vulnerable families.
The remainder of the donations will be split between 150 charities across Ireland including the likes of the Jack and Jill Foundation, Barnardos, Children’s Books Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Cian’s Kennels, Musical Youth Foundation, ARC Cancer Support Services and the Irish Wheelchair Association.
Over £525,000 has been granted to 14 charities and organisations in Northern Ireland including Kids Together Belfast, Kinship Care Northern Ireland, and Clonmore Youth Club.
Speaking about the announcement to rte.ie, The Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “The Irish public has simply blown us away with their generosity and kindness of spirit.
“The donations given will enrich the lives of children across our island who need it most to give them the support, care, and encouragement that they need.”