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FTCT helps hundreds of BHS families buy school uniforms

The amount of grants given has jumped massively

BHS Sutton Coldfield

BHS Sutton Coldfield

BHS Sutton Coldfield

Hundreds of children of former BHS employees are among those who have been helped to buy school uniforms and other essential items over the last three months by the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT), which has given a record number of grants to retail workers’ families since July. The charity told Drapers it has helped 320 children since the start of summer – almost 190 of whom are families of former BHS employees – with grants amounting to £28,000.

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

“Obviously the BHS closures have caused a huge surge in enquiries to our charity, but throughout the last three months we have continued to receive a significant increase in calls from parents across the industry, facing a broad range of issues, from financial hardship, to raising a disabled or seriously ill child,” said Anna Pangbourne, FTCT director. 

She explained that the charity has supported double the number of children in the last three months than it supported in the last full financial year.

“The purpose of our grants remains the same: to provide practical financial support to families in challenging circumstances,” she added.

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 www.ftct.org.uk/grants.

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