The Guild was established in 1882 when the matron of an orphanage in Dorset asked Lady Wolverton for 24 pairs of knitted socks and 12 jerseys for the children in her care. She started a small Guild amongst her friends to provide not less than 2 garments for each child at the orphanage and to supply clothing for other charitable institutions. The Guild grew quickly and by 1894 The London Needlework Guild (as it was then known) was making and distributing over 52,000 garments a year.
During WW1 the Guild sent over 15.5 million articles of clothing and surgical items, estimated to be worth over £1 million to troops overseas. The Guild also provided much needed help to the women and families at home, through donations to hospitals and parishes.
HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy has been our Patron since 2003, regularly attending Packing Week at St James’s Palace, meeting and talking to Guild members, our knitters and the representatives of the charities we support.
“I am very proud that this unique and long-established charity continues to provide effective and much needed support to so many.”
HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy