Sunderland schoolchildren take on best job in the world

The Bridges winning toy testers, Amelia Richardson, Mollie Wasey, Ayyub Ibn-Ibrahim, Harvey Turner and Jack Usher, with some of this Christmas' best-selling toys.
The Bridges winning toy testers, Amelia Richardson, Mollie Wasey, Ayyub Ibn-Ibrahim, Harvey Turner and Jack Usher, with some of this Christmas' best-selling toys.
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Lucky youngsters got their hands on this year’s top Christmas toys ahead of Santa’s arrival.

Five schoolchildren became the envy of their friends when they were chosen to become toy testers for The Bridges.

Mollie Wasey plays with Play Doh.

Mollie Wasey plays with Play Doh.

Jack Usher, nine, from Roker; Harvey Turner, nine, from Grangetown; Mollie Wasey, seven, from Hylton Lane Estate; Amelia Richardson, eight, who attends Broadway Junior School and Ayyub Ibn-Ibrahim, six, from Millfield, were all invited to the shopping centre to rate some of this year’s top-sellers so far.

They won the roles, and a £50 Bridges gift card, after submitting videos of themselves talking about why they love toys.

Rachel Usher, 32, who is mum to Jack, said: “He’s got a big imagination when it comes to toys and was very excited when he found out he’d won.”

Dad Steven, 32, joked: “The only problem now is that he’ll have new things to add to his Christmas list.”

Mollie Wasey plays with Play Doh.

Mollie Wasey plays with Play Doh.

Mollie’s mum, Caroline, 30, said: “Mollie was over the moon when she found out she had won, she was jumping up and down for about ten minutes.”

Rehana Sultana, 30, said son Ayyub was perfect for the role.

“He’s always playing with his toys, we were very excited for him when we found out he’d been chosen to be a toy tester,” she said.

Morggen, 31, said she didn’t expect son Harvey to win.

Harvey Turner tries out a new game.

Harvey Turner tries out a new game.

“We thought we’d give it a go when we spotted the competition,” she said. “He likes all sorts of toys. He’s really into Lego, computers and heelys at the minute.”

Samantha Czwordon-Wright from The Bridges said: “We were going to try the toys ourselves, but then we thought ‘why not ask the experts?’ We’ll be sharing the results with shoppers on our Facebook page and website so people can see how the toys rated with the kids.”

Ayyub Ibn-Ibrahim trying out Lego.

Ayyub Ibn-Ibrahim trying out Lego.