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

Photograph by Bernat Yarns.

Love Darg 2019

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.

In 2018, it found new homes for 41,000 cats, reunited 3,000 lost cats with their owners. It even found homes in places like farms and garden centres for 19,000 feral cats, too!

“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.

What you can do

Please drop off or post your Love Darg make(s) to one of the Cats Protection’s centres or charity shops. You can find your nearest centre or shop 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 Campaign
National Cat Centre
Lewes Road
Chelwood Gate
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
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.

You can also donate over the phone by calling 0800 917 2287 (office hours, Monday-Friday) and quoting “‘The People’s Friend’ Love Darg Campaign”.

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