Guests from the fashion industry, politics and the charity sector attended a 160th anniversary celebration for the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) at the House of Lords last night (June 16).
Lord Stone of Blackheath hosted the evening, with Marks & Spencer chief executive Steve Rowe and Jaeger’s product director Liza Webb among those in attendance.
The charity supports families for those who work or have recently worked in the fashion and textiles industry and are experiencing financial difficulties. Grants range from £250 upwards.
It is a particularly pertinent time for the charitable body as workers from BHS and Austin Reed face unemployment.
Meg Lustman, chief executive of Hobbs and chair of the FTCT trustees, outlined plans to double the amount of children FTCT support by 2019. Lustman described the charity’s aim as “very simple and clear”.
“FTCT is here to give money to families in need and our goal is to help many more families,” she said. “We hope that everyone who attended the event will help us achieve our goal by referring families to FTCT and distributing our information among their colleagues and staff.”