Eight Limerick charities benefit from Toy Show fund

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Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy meets some of the recipients of the Toy Show fund.

EXCHANGE Ireland in Limerick is to receive more than €300,000 from the money raised through the Late Late Show Toy Appeal.

And seven other Limerick charities will receive funding from the €6.6 million raised by 1.8 million viewers of the show, which was broadcast last November.

Exchange House promotes equal opportunities for Travellers in areas of health, education, training, accommodation and enterprise on a nationwide basis.

In addition to Exchange House Ireland, the other Limerick organisations benefitting from the Toy Show include Sing Ireland, which uses the transformative power of group singing to build self-esteem and social connection amongst disadvantaged children. They will receive €69,500

Doras, which supports refugee children and their families in Limerick through a range of arts-based therapies, and to document and share learnings from the initiative, will receive €55,101

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Limerick Youth Service, which enhances the wellbeing, resilience, and mental health of marginalised and vulnerable young people aged 14-18 in County Limerick, will receive €65,000.

Dóchas Midwest Autism Support, which provides play, movement, and dance activities for children with autism, will receive €8,360.

Croom Family Resource Centre, which will use its funding toward the development of a sensory space and gazebo for its sensory garden, will receive €8,394.

Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, which supports the mental health of young people through creative arts, will receive €20,000.

The Butterfly Club, which teaches children the skill of cycling, will receive €18,590 and the Bedford Row Family Project, which aims to break the cycle of imprisonment in families and helps heal family fractures caused by imprisonment and addiction, will receive €28,824.

In all, more than than 1.1 million children will benefit from donations raised during the 2021 show. 154 charities are to receive grants, up from 55 last year, and for the first time, at least one project in every county will benefit.