Northern Ireland

NI organisations to receive over £300,000 from Late Late Toy Show fund

Ryan Tubridy pictured during his final Late Late Toy Show last November. Picture: RTÉ
Ryan Tubridy pictured during his final Late Late Toy Show last November. Picture: RTÉ

Fourteen organisations in the north that work with children are to benefit from over £300,000 donated by viewers of RTÉ's Late Late Toy Show.

Groups and charities across the island of Ireland are to share almost €4million raised in the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal, following the annual broadcast last November.

Among them are 14 based north of the border, which together are to receive a total of around £312,941.

They include Extern Northern Ireland, which helps young refugees in Belfast, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, the Royal Mencap Society, and Belfast & Lisburn Women's Aid.

The grants will fund a range of projects, including the Women's Aid Power Project to support teenagers who have experienced domestic abuse, violence and trauma.

Last November's Toy Show was the last to be hosted by outgoing Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy.

Co Down comedian and broadcaster Patrick Kielty is set to take over presenting duties in September, and will helm his first Toy Show the following month.

Dee Forbes, the outgoing director general of RTÉ, said: “Children’s voices have always been at the very core of The Late Late Toy Show. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our viewers, thousands of children are now being supported in so many different ways.  

"To everyone who donated a huge thank you; this will help so many young lives in the year ahead and is a remarkable testimony to Ireland’s renowned generosity.” 

Read more: Around €3.5 million raised for charity during RTÉ's annual Christmas toy show extravaganza