The People's Friend Love Darg

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The Love Darg is “The People’s Friend’s” very own charitable appeal.

It’s name comes from an old Scots phrase meaning “work done for love”. And throughout it’s long life it has stayed true to that founding principal.

The Love Darg began in 1885 as a Grand Exhibition And Bazaar Of Juvenile Industry. It aimed to raise funds for a cot in the Children’s Ward of Dundee Royal Infirmary.

It then developed into a nationwide charity appeal. “Friend” readers made and donated thousands of gifts, which were then distributed to hospitals, children’s homes and hospices in the UK.

Over 130 years later, we’re happy to say that our readers continue to work “for love”, and their generosity still supports worthwhile charities around the country.

Love Darg 2020

This year, we are delighted to say that our partner will again be Cats Protection.

The UK’s leading cat welfare charity helps around 200,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of around 230 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres.

This year, Cats Protection needs help more than ever to overcome the impact of Covid-19. Branches and shops have had to close and face-to- face fund-raising events have been cancelled.

On the positive side, the charity has adapted its adoption process and now offers hands-free homing, meaning that people can adopt a cat without visiting a centre, which has been enormously successful.

In 2019, 191,000 cats and kittens – that’s more than 520 a day – were helped. They found new homes for 41,000 cats, reunited 2,500 lost cats with owners and neutered 150,000 cats and kittens, including 19,000 feral cats.

“The People’s Friend” is asking our readers to knit or crochet a cat toy or comforter in support of Cats Protection. These will help cats settle in and feel at home in shelters, or be sold to raise much-needed funds.

Click here to download our pattern for a cute little cat toy.

Click here to download our pattern for a cat comforter.

What you can do

Please post your Love Darg make to one of Cats Protection’s centres (your nearest centre address can be found by clicking here or by calling the charity’s national information line on 03000 12 12 12.

You can also post your makes to:

Cats Protection Love Darg Appeal,
National Cat Centre,
Lewes Road,
Chelwood Gate,
Haywards Heath,
RH17 7TT

If you would like to donate money to the charity appeal, please send a cheque to the above address, made payable to Cats Protection.

Please write “The People’s Friend” on the back of the cheque. Please do not send cash.

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