The Love Darg is “The People’s Friend’s” very own charitable appeal. Its name comes from an old Scots phrase meaning “a day’s 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 visitors can still see the commemorative plaque that was originally displayed by the bedside in the reception area of Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
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. Times change and in response to requests we adapted, too.
This Year’s Appeal
We’re delighted that, following last year’s successful appeal, Cats Protection will once again be our Love Darg charity partner for 2017.