Small Business Spotlight on…Fairy Bricks

Leanne from Fairy Bricks filled us in on the pieces that go together to make Fairy Bricks!

How long has your business been running?
From humble beginnings and a single hospital donation in 2012, we now aim to deliver LEGO to over 200 hospitals throughout the UK and 26 other countries per year.

What type of business do you have?
Fairy Bricks is a registered Children’s Charity that has one simple objective – to give LEGO to children in hospital.

What led you to start this charity?
Charity founder, Kev Gascoigne started Fairy Bricks when after raffling a large LEGO set to his friends he took the proceeds to buy lots of smaller sets that were donated to the children’s ward at Calderdale Royal Hospital. Now nearly 10 years on, Fairy Bricks have donated around 350,000 LEGO sets to hospitals all over the world!

What are your most popular items?
Our donation boxes! Packed to the gills with brand new LEGO sets for children of all ages to enjoy whilst they are in hospital. Play therapy is proven to have an impact on a child’s recovery. It provides comfort, distraction and is even used as an educational tool by Play Specialists to assist children with procedures they have to endure.

Where is your business based, and what led you to choose to be based there?
Aspley, Huddersfield. We are in our fourth location, the first of which was a storage cupboard!

Do you have any employees?
Only 2 of us are employed to do the work we do but we have many amazing volunteers who we appreciate greatly.

What impact has the pandemic/lockdown had on your business?
Most of our fundraising comes from attending and hosting events both in the UK and abroad. So with events and travel being very heavily hit by restrictions and cancellations, our fundraising efforts also stalled. We are however hosting a huge LEGO event called Bricktastic at Manchester Central on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February 2022 where builders from all over the UK and even Europe will showcase their MOCs (models’ own creations). We also have LEGO traders and plenty of hands-on activities including our showstopping 130000 brick mosaic that attendees of the event can help build! All of the tickets for Bricktastic are sold.

Where do you see yourself/your business in 5 years?
We hope we are still here delivering our charity objective – getting LEGO into hospitals!

Anything else you’d like to add?
We have more information about Fairy Bricks on our website at

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