History

History

When Thomas Helps, a small artisan retailer, and his associates came together in London in 1832 to establish The Linen and Woollen Drapers, Silk Mercers, Lacemen, Haberdashers and Hosiers Institution, little could they have envisaged what some 186 years later the renamed retailTRUST would have become. And how their philanthropy would grow and prosper in one of our greatest industries. 

Our heritage is one that most organisations envy but perhaps the most salient reference to 1832 lies in the very name of the man who started it all. Help by name and providing help by nature, he has set us on course for almost two centuries of supporting those in need in our industry and their families. Our founding fathers bestowed upon us a duty of care and help which we will take into the middle of the 21st century and beyond.

About our Patron 

Her Majesty The Queen has done us the great honour of being our patron since 25 January 1948. She has made several visits to cottageHOMES over the years and her visits have always attracted immense interest and support both in the residents and local communities. 
 
We could not have wished for a better patron and we will always value our association greatly.