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HSE responds to article regarding second-hand donations for Christmas Toybox Scheme

"Scheme to bring joy to families" - This is South Wales, 14 November 2012
Response date:
15 November 2012

Dear Editor,

Following your recent story about the excellent Carmarthenshire Christmas Toybox scheme, (14 Nov) I would like to point out that there are no health and safety reasons for not donating second hand toys.

Although I'm sure the organisers will want to make sure any items are clean and in good condition, there is no reason why a good second-hand toy should not make a great present for a child over Christmas.

It takes extra time and manpower to check the condition of used toys and there may be valid insurance or compensation issues involved, so I fully sympathise with the difficulties organisers face, but the good news is there no health and safety regulations saying this can't be done.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Christmas Toybox scheme well and hope this initiative is a great success.

Yours Sincerely,

Jane Lassey
Head of Operations
HSE Wales

Updated 2012-12-13