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Fashion retail charity provides record number of grants

 

The Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust has provided grants for a record number of children, as the number of families experiencing financial hardship in the fashion and textile industries increases.

In the year to 30 June the charity, which provides financial support to families in the UK fashion and textile industry, supported 658 children with grants of a total value of £380,000.

FTCT reported a 25% increase in enquiries and increased its grant budget by £30,000 for the year to 30 June compared with the previous year. The average grant it provides for essential household items and children’s clothing is £350.

“We have helped employees from nearly 200 different companies and it is right across the board – from a weaver in Scotland to someone working in a major store on Oxford Street,” FTCT director Anna Pangbourne told Drapers.

In the previous financial year, FTCT launched a fast-track grant to help retail workers made redundant following the collapses of BHS and Austin Reed buy school uniforms for their children.

However, Pangbourne said that despite there not being a big retail collapse of a similar scale to that of BHS, the charity has awarded a record number of grants as a result of generally tough conditions.

“The support we provide is totally confidential, not a loan and there is no charge,” she said. “We want to make it as accessible and straightforward as possible. The purpose of our grants remains the same: to provide practical financial support to families in challenging circumstances.”

The FTCT was founded in 1853 to provide financial support to families of those currently or recently employed within the UK fashion and textile industry.

For more details about the grants from FTCT, please visit ftct.org.uk/grants.

 

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