Many of the toys that come in to Leith Toy Hospital have wonderful stories connected to them, and all of them have special significance to the people they belong to. We’re collecting stories of beloved toys so that they can be preserved and shared. We’re going to create a blog, and eventually an exhibition, with photographs of the toys before and after repairs alongside their stories. We would love to have any toy hospital patients and their families participate, but it’s completely optional.
We have a simple form with some questions about your toy’s history- you can answer as many or as few questions as you like. If you’d like to tell us your toy’s story, we now have a form on our website, or you can pop in and fill one out in person in our Edinburgh workshop.
Teddy Repair on Junk Rescue by Mari and Emma at Leith Toy Hospital
You can now watch Leith Toy Hospital in Action on TV! Leith Toy Hospital was featured in an episode of Junk Rescue for CBeebies. Mari and Emma were filmed repairing the Junk Rescue teddy alongside Danny Sebastian.
You can watch us fixing the Junk Rescue Teddy here!
Danny Sebastian from Junk Rescue spent a day here at Leith Toy Hospital along with a film crew. They filmed us fixing up a broken teddy with a new arm, a new eye, a restuff and a foot repair.
Every episode of Junk Rescue, the team visits a different British craftsperson in their place of work and demonstrates their unique way of upcycling unwanted items. It was really cool to see first hand how a TV programme is made and how much goes in to filming each frame. The film crewe spent a total of 8 hours at Leith Toy Hospital, and there were about 6 people working on it. We had to film every frame multiple times.
The Junk Rescue teddy was in good company – tens of broken teddies and dolls are admitted to Leith Toy Hospital each week for a huge variety of ailments. Our treatments include joint replacements, new paw pads, restuffing, new eyes and much more! Find out more about our available toy repairs here.
At Leith Toy Hospital, Mari, Emma and their team restore both modern and antique dolls, teddies, rocking horses, jack in the boxes and more. The range of different toys that come in to us never ceases to fascinate us, and we’re learning new things every day.
Our Annual Leith Festival Teddy Bears’ Pic nic will be on Saturday 15th June 2019 from 11-2. Provided it is dry, we will be on Leith Links by the tennis courts. If it is wet, the pic nic will be here in the studio.
We’d love to see you there! Bring along your favourite teddy and some snacks to share. No need to book. Spaces aren’t limited if we’re on the links, but if it rains and we end up in the studio it will be on a first come, first served basis.
We’ve got lots of pre-loved donated teddies and dolls that are looking for loving new homes! They’ll be available for a donation to the fund for distressed bears. (The fund for distressed bears subsidises repairs for families who can’t afford to have their favourite toy repaired). If you’ve got any old toys who you’d like to find a new loving home for, feel free to bring them along to donate.
We’ll also be doing consultancies at the pic nic, so feel free to bring along any sick toys to chat with us about repair options.
We’re honoured to have found Leith Toy Hospital in the Sunday Post last weekend! It’s been a lot of fun setting up the Toy Hospital and it’s also been very rewarding. It’s so nice to have been noticed like this and we hope to be fixing sick toys for many years to come!
Here’s the page about us!
Have you got a teddy or a doll in need of some TLC? Have a look at some of the services and prices we offer here!