Supporting families since 1853


The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) was founded over 150 years ago to support children whose parents or carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry.

By providing grants to support all aspects of their education and wellbeing we support hundreds of children every year.

To find out more, visit our grants section, see which Fashion and textile job roles are covered and make an enquiry. Our grants coordinator will be happy to help.


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What kind of help do we provide?


Our grants can provide access to education through funding for extra tuition, learning support or school necessities, in addition to essential items, like clothing, bedding and shoes.

To hear how FTCT grants have helped families in your industry, visit our success stories page.

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We are keen to work with UK fashion and textile companies up and down the country, to raise awareness of how FTCT grants can help the children of employees across the industry.

Read how companies have already begun promoting FTCT to their staff and meet the children they enabled us to help, by clicking here

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Just over 48 hours ago, Mike Trotman, FTCT Trustee and CFO TM Lewin completed the gruelling 100K London2Brighton Challenge to raise money for our charity. Setting off at 9.00 a.m from Richmond, Mike walked non-stop through the day and night, … Read more »

Our superheroes have collectively raised over £15,000 for FTCT

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What people say...


“FTCT is friendly & helpful-Don’t be afraid, just give FTCT a ring for a chat.”

Mum of John


“Occasionally you come across something truly brilliant that is a spark of hope and goodwill in an often difficult world. Anna’s team and this wonderful charity seek no funding from the textile industry but quietly they offer support to its workers both present and former. I hope our industry will consider how this organisation may be useful to their colleagues.”

Bridgette Kelly
British Wool Marketing Board