We spoke with a president at Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild, Mary Guppy!
Can you tell me about QMCG and what it is all about?
Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild is all about helping people in need. During the 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. We collect new items, such as clothing, gloves, scarves, towels and give them to people who need it. We only collect new items because many of the recipients have never owned anything new. For them to receive new items gives them warmth, comfort and dignity.
How long has it been running?
Queen Mothers Clothing Guild was founded in 1882 by Lady Wolverton, so it’s been 136 years.
Can you tell me about the work the organisation does?
So, Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild Donates new clothes to 69 different charities in England and Scotland, in order for us to keep doing this and for the organisation to carry on going we have to raise a very large amount of money per year. 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 before being distributed to its stall. There are stalls dealing with Neonatal, Babies, Children 2-5 years, Children 6-16 years, Women, Men, Linen and also a collection called ‘Various’ which has shoes, knitted blankets, bed socks, bed jackets, hats, scarves and many other things.
How did you become involved with QMCG?
I was introduced to it by a friend of mine who was a president for QMCG, I started off as a helper, then I became vice president and 5 years ago I become a president.
As a president and Executive Committee, could you explain your roles?
Along with other people we go and visit anyone who may need help, we work out the financial arrangement and we have the responsibility of choosing the people who need help the most. Two presidents have to visit the charities.
When did you become an Executive Committee?
I became an executive committee at the beginning of 2017, I was elected by the other members of the executive committees.
What’s it like being a president and Executive Committee?
We are very busy, we try to help as many people as we can, but the role is very satisfying and rewarding, I enjoy it very much.
Does QMCG have any goals for this year?
Our goal is just to carry on what were doing and raise as much money as possible and help as many people possible.
We are grateful to anyone who would like to donate. By helping us you really are helping so many others, a gift no matter how small, for example a pair of gloves or socks can make somebody’s day! If you want to contribute items, then you can contact the QMCG secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in touch with your nearest group.