The Love Darg is “The People’s Friend’s” very own charitable appeal.
Its name comes from an old Scots phrase meaning “work done for love”, and throughout its long life and various incarnations it has stayed true to that founding principle.
The Love Darg began in 1885 as a Grand Exhibition and Bazaar of Juvenile Industry to raise funds for a cot in the Children’s Ward of Dundee Royal Infirmary, and if you find yourself visiting Ninewells Hospital in Dundee today, you can still see the commemorative plaque that was originally displayed by the bedside.
As the years passed, the Love Darg developed into a nationwide charity appeal that saw “Friend” readers make and donate thousands of gifts which were distributed to hospitals, children’s homes and hospices the length and breadth of the UK.
This Year’s Appeal
This year, we’re asking our generous readers to make specific items to support the charity Cats Protection.
These will be used for the comfort and entertainment of cats and kittens in their care or sold in their shops to raise vital funds to allow this charity to continue their vital work.
Please send your Love Darg knitted donation to Cats Protection “Love Darg Campaign”, National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7TT.
All donations will be very gratefully received and will be used for cats in the care of Cats Protection or to help raise funds. Please note that it will not be possible to acknowledge donations sent by post. If you would like to donate money to help with the work of Cats Protection, you can send a cheque to the address far left. Please make the cheque payable to Cats Protection and also write “The People’s Friend” on the back of your cheque. Please do not send cash. Alternatively, you can make a donation over the phone by calling 0800 917 2287 (office hours, Monday to Friday) and quoting “The People’s Friend Love Darg campaign”. Thanks for your support