During the year individual
Groups organise functions to raise money or hold knitting parties
and start collecting and making the items that they will be bringing
up to St James’ Palace for the Guild’s annual packing
week and view day in the autumn.
summer months all the Charities on our current list are contacted
by the Secretary asking them to send in a list of the type of
clothing they would like to receive. To see a list of current
Charities click HERE.
Some Charities are very
specific in their requests; for example a Hospice would not require
any outdoor clothing but might well ask for bed linen and towels,
a Charity helping victims of domestic violence would have equally
shopping is normally done at the end of January when we are able
to purchase winter clothing at a good price. Most Charities that
require children’s clothing request good quality warm items
and these are expensive. We try to shop as economically as possible.
The warehouses we use are kind enough to hold any items we purchase
until they can be delivered to St. James’s Palace on the
first day of Packing Week and we therefore manage to avoid any
All clothing and
linen donated during the year arrives at St. James’s Palace
on the first morning of Packing Week. Everything is then unpacked
and counted for allocation purposes before being distributed
to its appropriate stall. There are stalls dealing with Neonatal,
Babies, Children 2-10 years, Children 10-16 years, Women, Men,
Linen and a wonderful collection called Various which has all
shoes, knitted blankets, hot water bottle covers, bed socks,
bed jackets, scarves and many other things.
To see the categories
of garments and linen click HERE
a period during the second morning of Packing Week, which we
call View Day, when all the members in the Groups around the
country can visit to see the mountain of clothing we have collected
that year. Many Charities also visit to find out how the Guild
operates with a view to gaining a grant from us in future years.
as View Day is over the serious work begins. Presidents and
their helpers are given a “shopping list” appropriate
to a specific Charity and go round collecting the items they
require from each stall. All these garments are then packed
in large plastic bags ready for collection by the Charities
the following morning.
process we call Packing Week takes two and a half to three days
- a busy but worthwhile time for everyone involved. We are so
grateful to those who give their time each year to help us pack
up all the wonderful clothing we receive.
see how many garments were distributed last year and for other
news items click HERE.
information on How to help click HERE