The work of the Broderers Charity Trust  lies at the core of the Worshipful Company of Broderers.
The charitable work of the Trust relies upon the financial support of members of the Worshipful Company of Broderers, and of others who have an interest in the Trust's charitable objectives.

Goldwork Tudor Rose, set piece worked by First Year Apprentices. (The Royal School of Needlework)

The Broderer's Charity Trust is registered as a charity under registration number 275080

City of London

Support is given to educational charities with links to the City, regularly through prizes and bursaries, and also through support for development projects that schools undertake. Donations are made each year to support the Lord Mayor's Appeal to help the homeless in the City, and to support City schools.

City of London

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN)

The RSN has three primary activities: the teaching of hand embroidery to students of all capabilities; the conservation of old and creation of new pieces of embroidery; a three year apprenticeship in hand embroidery and design.

This three-year practical course covers all aspects of traditional hand embroidery and design and this unique training, combined with art and design studies enables the student to learn many of the skills required to become a professional embroiderer.

The Broderers Charity Trust has supported the RSN, for example through sponsorship of overseas students or the provision of computers to assist in the design process. In 2004 the RSN received a grant of £15,000 from the Joint Venture Award.

Silk Shaded Lily by Elizabeth Bond, worked in the First Year. (Royal School of Needlework)

The Embroiderers' Guild

With 230 Branches throughout the UK, the Embroiderers' Guild has a network that enables social, artistic and educational interaction based on embroidery.

The Broderers Charity Trust has supported the Guild, through prizes, and with financial support towards their creative, educational and youth work. In 2004 the Broderers contributed £40,000 towards the Guild's proposed new centre in Manchester. The new centre will enable many more people to see the Guild's significant collection of embroideries, and enjoy temporary exhibitions of historic and contemporary embroidery.

Hampton Court Palace

At a reception at Hampton Court Palace on 13 May 2004, Vice Chairman Llinos Spriggs receives a cheque from Major-General Patrick Brooking Master of the Worshipful Company of Broderers (2003/04), towards the proposed new embroidery center in Manchester. (Embroiderers' Guild)  

Hand embroidered cap from Turkestan. (Embroiderers Guild)

Wild Flower Box Top, submitted by Michele Roberts. (Embroiderers Guild)

Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work is a Registered Charity that teaches needle-work to prison inmates and sells their products. The prisoners' experience give them hope, skills and independence and reduces the likelihood of offenders returning to crime. Prisoners often send the money they earn from Fine Cell Work to their children and families, use it to pay debts, or for accommodation upon release. Established in 1997, Fine Cell Work now operates in more than 15 prisons, and some prisoners have saved in excess of £2,000.

The Broderers Charity Trust has made donations towards the design and development of work as well as the production of samples. Funding has also been used to help expand the work to more prisons

Prison inmate with embroidery (Fine Cell Work)

Kilim Tote Bags (Fine Cell Work)

Dresden plate detail (Fine Cell Work)

The Grange Centre

The Grange Centre in Bookham, Surrey provides a range of high quality services to people with physical and/or learning disabilities, offering skills training in work and social skills, productive work opportunities, supported housing and residential care.


The training sessions help each individual to attain greater confidence in day to day activities. The airn is for progress towards independent living and an active role in the community.


The Broderers Charity Trust has supported the Creative Textiles work at the Centre. Donations have enabled the purchase of equipment such as computer linked embroidery machines, together with training to ensure that the greatest possible benefit is made of the equipment.

Elizabeth Keefe receives a Grange Center certificate from the Master, for her work in the department

The Joint Venture Award

Each year the Broderers Charity Trust contributes towards an annual donation that is jointly given by the Associated Companies - the Mercers, Cooks, Masons and Broderers.

Every four years the Broderers nominate the charity to whom the Award will be made. In 2004 the Broderers selected the Royal School of Needlework to receive the Award of £15,000, towards a project in which the Apprentices will restore embroideries, lace and textiles from the RSN's own Antique Textile Collection. The repaired pieces will then form part of an exhibition commencing at Hampton Court Palace, and touring through the UK and USA.

One of a Million - an ordinary multi-task garden, submitted by Patricia Harris (Embroiderers Guild)

Sir Robert Bellinger Broderers Memorial Award

In 2003 the Broderers Charity Trust, with the support of the Bellinger Donnay Charitable Trust, launched the Sir Robert Bellinger Broderers Memorial Award. The award commemorates the link between Sir Robert Bellinger, a past Master of the Broderers and Lord Mayor of London, and the Worshipful Company of Broderers. An Annual amount of 5,000 is made available to the Broderers Charity Trust for donating to a suitable City based or craft related charity.

City and Guilds

For many years the Charity Trust has supported the work of the City and Guilds.

The support given is now focused on candidates taking City and Guilds qualifications in the 'Stitched Textiles' creative craft farnily - embroidery, patchwork and quilting. A bursary of £1,000 is available to candidates, and prizes totalling £500 are awarded each year.

Please support the Broderers Charity Trust by making a donation using this donations form.