Toy story

By William O'Connor

CONSTRUCTION company John Sisk & Son delivered some 500 handcrafted wooden toys to children’s hospitals and charities in Ireland and across the United Kingdom in the lead-up to Christmas.

The beautiful wooden toys, handmade over the past month by apprentice carpenters and joiners at the company’s workshop on the Naas Road, were delivered to children in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, on Monday, December 17.

Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin 10

Alfie Kelly, age 3 from Lucan, and Jack McBridge, age 4 from Rathfarnham

Commenting on the initiative, Steve Bowcott, Chief Executive Officer, John Sisk & Son, said: “The Sisk Christmas Toy Story is a long-standing tradition that has gone from strength to strength over the past 40 years.

"The toys are hand-made by our apprentice carpenters and joiners, utilising the skills taught to them at our training centre in Dublin. The toys are donated to deserving causes all around Ireland and the UK.

"This is our way of giving something back to the communities that have supported us throughout the year, and something we as a business look forward to every Christmas.”

Speaking about today’s toy delivery, Ms Tracey Wall, Director of Nursing, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, said: “Our young patients and families faces lit up when they saw the wonderful crafted toys – it was great to see them so overjoyed, particularly as they are in hospital at Christmas time.

"It really helps make their time with us happier. On behalf of all the children families and staff at OLCHC I’d like to thank Sisk and the team so much for their generosity in providing these wonderful new toys for the children year after year.”

The John Sisk & Son Christmas Toy Project was started by John G Sisk at the Sisk Joinery Workshop over 40 years ago. Today, Sisk has a state-of-the-art training facility for apprentice carpenters and joiners located at its head office on the Naas Road.

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