Industry charity’s winter appeal raises over £19,000 for struggling families

Trade charity the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) has raised over £19,000 for its first winter appeal. Firms across the sector fundraised for the campaign, helping it more than triple its original £5,000 target.

The money raised will go towards supporting parents working in the British fashion and textile industry who are facing financial hardship. Its grants will pay for everyday cold weather essentials such as cosy duvets, warm winter coats and ovens for hot meals.

With only a few weeks into the new year, the FTCT has already sent £15,000 in grants to industry families in financial difficulty, which is often due to a sudden change in home circumstances or a health issue.

CEO Anna Pangbourne comments: “Our success wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our incredible partners, namely LK Bennett, Boohoo, ACS Clothing, Boden, Johnsons Service Group, UKFT, Kannegiesser and Clean Linen who all made a significant impact. Their commitment to our cause has made a real difference to the lives of many children.”

The FTCT runs two fundraising appeals every year, with its next appeal – launching in June – focusing on providing families with money for school uniforms.