As children, most of us had that one toy, that one companion that came with us wherever we went. Then, one day, you get into a toy-pulling match with your cousin ending up in a torn-off ear for the toy bunny, and cry as if your own ear has been torn off. When it’s time for the ear to be sewn back on, it feels like waiting for a real person at the hospital (behind a closed door, of course, because you couldn’t bear to watch it). Well, Leith Toy Hospital adopts toys just like that, fixes them up and continues to spread joy to children.
That’s right, we’re talking Barbies, Teddies, dolls… Any toy that can be fixed can go to Leith Toy Hospital, whether it’s missing limbs or is stained beyond recognition. Plus, those creepy old dolls in the garage that could star in a horror movie can become friendly and loveable once again without having to go to the tip!
Leith Toy Hospital opened its doors in 2017, and has been doing Barbie hair transplants, limb reattachment and eye surgery ever since. Honestly, just reading through their website makes my heart melt, as if I’m a little girl again imagining my toys are real people. However, the toy repair shop helps make a difference to very real people, brightening children’s hearts and repairing that special toy.
What is more, Leith Toy Hospital repairs toys people are not willing to part with yet, just like the toy bunny at the beginning of this article. People can send a picture to the shop to get a quote and a slot, then either bring it in person or send it via special delivery.
Leith Toy Hospital says: “When your toy is admitted to our repair shop, they will be tucked into one of our little beds and looked after by our dolliatric nurse. We will give them a careful operation (under anaesthetic of course) and let you know when the toy restoration is complete.” Honestly, my heart…
The message is clear: instead of throwing out broken toys that will end up in landfill, you can get them fixed instead.