It is widely known that Charles Dickens was a novelist who addressed social issues in his fiction. He was also an activist who boldly campaigned for charities like FTCT, seeking to improve the lives of the most overlooked in society.

How he helped our charity

In modern terms, 'Chairman of Appeal' equates to Chair of Fundraising. During his time with our charity, known then as the ‘Warehousemen & Clerk’s School’, he encouraged peers to support and make donations. 

We are lucky enough to have access to a speech he gave in our honour on Thursday 5 November 1857 at The City of London Tavern on Bishopsgate Street.

After dinner, he addressed his audience, urging … will you think of the number of children tugging at my skirts, when I ask you, in their names and on their behalf ... and in no strength of my own, to encourage and assist this work.

Recently, our historical links with Mr Dickens were included in a special exhibition, 'Dickens, the Restless Shadow' at the Charles Dickens Museum in London, celebrating the author's extensive campaign work for social causes such as our charity. Read our blog about the event.