Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust launches first winter appeal to support struggling parents

The Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) has launched its first ever winter appeal to raise essential funds for the children of UK fashion and textile workers.  

The charity says it is already hearing from industry parents who are missing payments on household bills as a result of extra financial pressure this winter.

Every year, more than 12,000 people visit FTCT’s website seeking information about its grants, which can fund essential items such as children’s clothing, bedroom furniture and white goods.

CEO Anna Pangbourne comments: “Results from a recent survey conducted by our charity show that many industry parents are being kept awake at night worrying about paying their bills and affording everything their children need.

“We know the difference that cosy winter bedding, warm coats and working cookers can have for a child’s wellbeing, but sadly so many families across our industry are already going without.”

Launching today, the Trust hopes to raise £5,000 through the appeal – the equivalent of 200 children’s winter duvets or 50 bundles of winter clothing. 

Industry partners including Boden, UKFT, ACS Clothing and Johnsons have already signed up to raise funds for the appeal through workplace fundraising events.

As a small charity, the Trust send funds directly to the families in need and 100 per cent of donations go towards funding its grants.  

Donations can be made online at or companies can order a fundraising pack via