Mr Hoggle Doggle is spreading the joy of toys from Beverley to the rest of Britain
A CHILDREN'S toys charity started in Beverley could become the blueprint for similar ventures across the country.
Mr Hoggle Doggle, which is run by husband and wife team David and Clare Allan, collects secondhand toys for underprivileged children.
It started in spring last year and has proved a huge success.
The charity has donated thousands of toys with children helped by women's refuges and community centres across Hull and the East Riding.
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Now, another branch is planned in Withernsea and there are moves to allow new charities across the country to copy the brand and the idea.
Mrs Allan said: "We've been talking to people who want to start their own branches. That's one idea, to spread the service into other areas."
No firm plans have been made and the legalities are still being investigated. But the Allans have a huge workload in East Yorkshire, so they cannot expand on their own.
The charity has already expanded to the extent it now has business premises in which to store donated toys.
Mr Allan said: "We started off storing them in our house.
"Then we had to rent a place at the East Riding Small Business Centre in Annie Reed Road, Beverley.
"That was OK for a month but then we outgrew it, so we've had to move to a bigger unit.
"The charity has captured the people's imagination."
Donations at drop-off boxes in supermarkets around the East Riding have included toys, games, puzzles and books.
The gifts, all in good condition, are then distributed to Yorkshire children suffering poverty, disability or sickness.
Many go to Hull City Council safeguarding teams working in the city.
Some have gone to Unity In Community, a charity trust in north Hull, where project manager Dennis Woods said: "Over the summer, we held an open day in our community centre and in the car park.
"The toys were one of the most popular attractions. We rehomed more than 300 gifts, all in excellent condition. They even came with batteries in."
Unity In Community supports those living in the HU6 postcode area, including Orchard Park.
Gifts come flagged for boys or girls and with suggested age groups clearly marked. That way everyone gets something suitable.
The idea for Mr Hoggle Doggle came from Clare Allan. As a child, she was told by her father Mr Hoggle Doggle could jump out if ever she ran past the family's prized grandfather clock.
Now with seven East Riding collection points, the couple have truly tapped into people's generosity.
In an effort to get their toys to more needy youngsters, the charity has launched its Toy Fair initiative, aimed at community leaders and centres in disadvantaged areas.
The charity supplies free toys in bulk for organisers to give to deserving families as they wish.
Mr Hoggle Doggle's success has also caught the imagination of Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart.
After visiting the couple's operation, he offered to help spread the idea.
Mr Stuart said: "This is a brilliant yet simple idea to collect unwanted toys and redistribute them to child support organisations, community groups and directly to families in need.
"This is a fabulous example of our Big Society in action and could be easily rolled out in any community. Clare and David should be highly commended for their work."
Visit Mr Hoggle Doggle's website at www.hoggledoggle.org.uk for further details about how you can donate or receive toys or if you are interested in helping the charity.