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Supporting the children of UK fashion and textile families since 1853


Cause Impact

£25 could help to buy a coat to keep another child warm and cosy this winter

Cause Bio

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust is a small charity with a long history of providing financial support to families in the UK fashion and textile industry. The charity was founded back in 1853 when the cotton weaving industry was thriving. A group of textile merchants formed a financial trust fund, to support the children and widow of a former colleague.

The trust grew in size and funds to help more children of those working in the allied textile trades. Over the years the trust's work attracted the support of some prestigious figures, including the author Charles Dickens, who was their Chairman of Appeal in 1856.

Today, FTCT vision is that no fashion or textile family should have to struggle financially to meet their child’s basic needs.Families like Kim and Josh. Kim is a supermarket assistant for Waitrose, which is part of the John Lewis Partnership. She applied to FTCT for a grant for essential clothing and furniture for her and son Josh, aged nine.

Since 2010 the charity the Trustees agreed to change the name of the charity to the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) to better reflect the modern day fashion and textile industry and all its related sectors. Through grant FTCT has managed to reaches more children and families across the UK.

You can support the Fashion & Textile Children's Trust (FTCT) by donating to them via pledger and support more children and families.

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