Treloar’s started in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a ‘Cripples’ Fund’ as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. On 13 June of that year, he wrote in his diary that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra ‘came to Mansion House to open the Queen’s Fete in aid of my Cripples’ Fund’. In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.
Our links with the City of London
Treloar’s has strong links with the City of London – links that bring us tremendous benefits in terms of profile and fundraising. These links take three main forms:-
- The Lord Mayor’s trusteeship – each Lord Mayor of the City of London automatically becomes a trustee of Treloar Trust.
- The Lord Mayor’s visit – the Lord Mayor of the City of London makes an annual visit to Treloar’s, accompanied by the Masters of many of the city livery companies.
- The Mansion House concert – every year, Treloar’s stages an event in the Egyptian Hall at Mansion House in the presence of the Lord Mayor or his representative.