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Banana Box

This film was made by Harrogate Video production Company

About the project

We officially launched this project in March 2020. The aim of the project is to provide educational and play toys to disadvantaged families to promote a child’s learning and development of social skills. 

It is estimated that 4.3 million children are living in poverty (CPAG). By feeding a child’s mind we hope to ensure that in the future those young people are not having to access the services and support that their families are.

Our boxes include stationery items for children to use at school and for homework, a notebook, age-appropriate book, game and a puzzle. We also make up specialist SEN boxes as almost 10% of boxes issued are for SEN children.

The Banana Box Toy Project is continuing to grow, and we now work with a number of organisations in Selby, Goole, York, Sherburn in Elmet and Micklefield to ensure that our Banana Boxes of toys reach those who need them most. We are also looking to expand into other parts of Yorkshire – volunteers / resources permitting.

Donations to this project would be greatly appreciated. £2 will purchase a stationery set and notebook for a child. £5 will purchase an age-appropriate book or a game or puzzle and £10 will purchase some sensory items for children with special educational needs and disability.

What people say

It has really made a big difference to families, especially around times away from Christmas. Often some places are very focused around only offering support at special times but this project offers support all year round and the staff can be relied upon to provide excellent service

The family of the beneficiaries were delighted with the contents of the box and the opportunity for learning and playing that this provided. A fantastic service, which I actively promote across my network and the feedback is always so positive. Many people can’t believe such a fantastic project is available locally. Thank you your continued efforts and the joy you bring to those in need

Oh my! Thank you so much! I’m actually in tears. They will love everything no amount of thank you’s would tell you how much this means to us. Thank you again