REGISTERED children’s charity Wirral Toy Library has announced it is in "significant difficulties" and under "imminent threat" of closure.

The group urgently needs financial assistance and support from experienced trustees if it is to remain open after the summer following 45 years of charitable work.

Providing occupational, physio and speech therapy for children with additional needs, the Wirral Toy Library recently reintroduced its toy-lending service, supplying educational and therapeutic toys and equipment as an extra support for families for use within the home.

Chairman Roy Ellis said: "Sadly I can confirm we are in a very difficult position. We are exploring every potential alternative to closure but our situation is very serious.

"We are now appealing to any other local charities that may be compatible to get in touch to discuss ways in which we could protect some or all of the services we offer. We would consider all options."

He continued: "Closure is pretty imminent. Unless something radically changes over the summer; ie, we get help with funding, it will be difficult for us to maintain our service.

"It is unlikely, without this help, that we be able to reopen in September."

The Wirral Toy Library can be contacted on 0151 608 8288 or by or emailing