Shining the Spotlight - Fashion and Textile Children's Trust

We are really proud of our members and will jump at every chance to shout about them and their achievements! This is a dedicated place to showcase members and to shine the spotlight on their projects.

This time, we're looking at the Fashion and Textile Children's Trust.

A young girl with Down's Syndrome against a colourful background.

How it works

  • FTCT provides financial grants for the children (0-18yrs) of UK fashion and textile families.

  • How we define ‘fashion & textile’: Since 1853, the fashion and textile industry has changed dramatically. Therefore, to continue helping as many families as possible, we made the decision to broaden our definition of what ‘counts’ as having worked in the industry. From a distribution centre worker to an employee who works in clothing retail, or an accountant working at M&S (because M&S sells clothes), we now make sure we are an option for as many struggling families as possible while holding on to our fascinating heritage and history. Read more.
  • Our grants can be used in a wide range of ways, from one-off grants for essential items (school uniforms, bedroom furniture, white goods) to specialist items (sensory toys, mobility equipment). Read more.

What has been achieved?

  • FTCT was founded in 1853 by a group of textile merchants when the cotton weaving industry was thriving. They formed a financial trust fund to support the children and widow of a former colleague, then the trust grew in size and funds in order to help more children of those working in the allied textile trades. Read more.

  • Charles Dickens was our Chairman of Appeal in the late 1850s, in modern terms equating to the title of 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. Read more.
  • Her Majesty the Queen became our Patron in 1950. Read more.
  • Between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, we supported 611 children of the UK fashion and textile industry for the grand collective total of £325,000. This was four times as many children as the previous year, and the 2017-2018 financial year is expected to see even greater increases in both figures. Read more.

Next steps

  • One parent or carer of the child or children (aged 0-18 years) must have worked in the fashion and textile industry for at least one year within the past nine years. They must also be in receipt of Child Benefit.

  • If you or someone you know could be eligible, and are struggling financially, visit our website’s enquiry page.

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