We're a small charity that helps children of parents or carers who work in UK fashion and textiles. Getting help from FTCT is really simple- all you need to do is just give us a call.

Call us on 0300 123 9002 or email grants@ftct.org.uk

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Whilst the needs of children have changed over the last 163 years, children today are still affected by illness, bereavement and the financial difficulties of their parents. That’s why the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust is just as relevant today as it was in 1853.
                                                                                 Anna Pangbourne, Director, FTCT.

Charles_DickensThe charity is steeped in a rich and vibrant heritage. Established in 1853 when the UK silk and cotton weaving industry was thriving, a group of textile merchants formed a trust fund to support the bereaved family of one of their colleagues. Support for the cause grew, and over the years opened up to supporting many more families who worked within the industry. Their good work attracted the attention of supporters including, Charles Dickens who was our Chairman of Appeal in 1856-1857.

In 1866 a small school was opened, near Purley, dedicated to supporting the children of those working in the industry. Opened by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, the school thrived and following the First World War a second school was built, which became the Royal Russell School.

The charity was known as the Purley Children’s Trust which sold the school in 1968 when it was recognised that most of the pupils were from outside the industry. Proceeds from the sale were retained by the charity for the benefit of the children.

Over the years it was recognised that the visibility of the charity had decreased. As a result, in 2010, 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.

Today, the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust are delighted to have the generous support of our Trustees many of whom represent some of the biggest names on the high street, including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Arcadia. We are also incredibly honoured to have Her Majesty the Queen as our patron.