Thanks to you our generous supporters, we often receive donations of toys and games for our patients, particularly around the festive seasons such as Easter or Christmas, and whilst we are incredibly grateful for these, we do have some guidelines around what we can or cannot accept.

Toy Donations

Due to issues such as infection control, health and safety and limited storage space, we can only accept new toy donations and there are some types of gifts we cannot accept at all, such as soft toys, clothes and second-hand toys. We have put together a list to give you an idea about what you could donate for our young patients, and some guidance about what we can and cannot accept. Please contact us to arrange a toy delivery or to speak to a member of the Fundraising Team. 

This year, our hospital has introduced a new Healthy Holidays policy and we are now unable to pass on any donations of chocolate or confectionery to our patients.

If you’re thinking about donating a toy to our kids to comfort or entertain them during their stay with us, why not take a look at our Play Appeal. A new toy will make a child smile, but the power of an uplifting experience during a stressful time can mean the world. We know how important play is to a child’s recovery, so it’s our aim to bring play activities and a feeling of normality to the bedsides of our poorly children. Donate today and we can provide more of these moments and memories to our kids, to help them feel calmer and heal faster.

If you wish to make a donation of toys to our sick kids, please see the guidelines below:

Simple guidelines

  • Toys must be brand new
  • Toys must not be gift wrapped
  • Soft toys are not accepted on our wards and departments due to the risk of cross-infection
  • Please note, we are unable to collect your gifts from you, or cover the cost of delivering them to the hospital

Our babies and toddlers would like:

  • Sensory and musical toys
  • Picture books
  • Fisher Price, Early Learning Centre toys
  • Building bricks, developmental toys

Our children enjoy:

  • Sticker books, colouring books, craft activities
  • Colouring pens, washable paints, glitter, card and paper
  • Disney films on DVD
  • Quick Monopoly, Dobble Kids
  • Lego, Geomag, Building bricks etc
  • Barbie Dolls, Action Men etc
  • CDs suitable for younger children
  • IQ puzzles

Our teenagers enjoy:

  • Portable CD and DVD players
  • Computer games (PS4, X Box etc)
  • High street gift cards (of lower values i.e. £5, £10 or £20)
  • Toiletries and accessories for girls and boys
  • Construction kits
  • Jewellery kits (including nail art etc)
  • Playing cards
  • Headphones
  • Bluetooth speakers

Items we can’t accept:

  • Used toys/second-hand toys
  • Jigsaws (with many pieces) or large mechanical toys
  • Used clothing
  • Second-hand books


We do accept knitted garments for our premature and neonatal babies, but often have a greater supply than we can use, so it is always worth making contact with the hospital first if you are planning to donate a large number of knitted items. 

How to get your gifts to us:

Post to:

The Fundraising Team

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

Steelhouse Lane


B4 6NH

In person:

If you are planning to drop your gifts into the hospital in person, please contact our friendly Supporter Care Team on 0121 333 8506 so that we have advance notice of when you are coming in.

Donations can be dropped into our Fundraising Hub located on the main corridor as you come into the hospital via the Main Entrance.  Please note the Fundraising Hub is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.