LOCAL charities and the Children’s Ark Unit at University Hospital Limerick were gifted handcrafted wooden toys this Christmas from a leading construction company.
Workers at John Sisk & Son delivered some 500 handcrafted wooden toys to children’s hospitals and charities in Ireland and across the United Kingdom in the lead up to Christmas.
The beautiful wooden toys, which were handmade over the past month by apprentice carpenters and joiners at the company’s workshop on the Naas Road in Dublin, were delivered to the Children’s Ark Unit at UHL as well as St Gabriel’s, Dooradoyle, Enable Ireland, Blackberry Park, and Our Lady’s of Lourdes Childword Crèche.
Work on the toys commenced in mid-November and took four to five weeks to complete, with all staff and management in the training centre getting involved. Each November, the team assemble to decide on the toys they are going to make, sourcing ideas from toy books, websites and feedback from the charities who have received toys in the past.
Commenting on the initiative, Steve Bowcott, Chief Executive Officer, John Sisk & Son, said: “The Sisk Christmas Toy Story is a longstanding tradition that has gone from strength to strength over the past 40 years. The toys are hand made by our apprentice carpenters and joiners, utilising the skills taught to them at our training centre in Dublin.
“The toys are donated to deserving causes all around Ireland and the UK. This is our way of giving something back to the communities that have supported us throughout the year, and something we as a business look forward to every Christmas.”