Aisha & Jo’s story…

Friday, February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Success stories

Aisha, 11, lives with her mother Jo. Jo is a single parent who works part-time in Tesco and receives no additional support.  Due to this, finding the extra cash for everyday essentials is a huge challenge.Choice 2

Jo told us: “I heard about the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust though an email I received from Gingerbread – a charity that supports single parents. As a single parent myself on a low-income, I wanted help buying a table for the kitchen, along with essential clothing and a wardrobe and drawer set for Aisha.

“When I contacted FTCT, I felt like I was being heard and not judged. They were very understanding, helpful and friendly. I really appreciate their thoughtfulness as it can be difficult asking for help.”

“The process of getting a wellbeing grant for Aisha was surprisingly easy. Giving the charity the information they needed, and waiting for the decision of whether the grant would be awarded went smoothly and very quickly.

“I am happy and very relieved that my daughter got the grant. Aisha is very happy with her wardrobe and drawers, and we had a big clear out which has made us a lot more organised! She loved going clothes shopping; it was great to treat her and do something nice together.

“The grants given by FTCT are so important for single parent families on a low income. When all of your money is going on rent and food it’s impossible to afford essential items that are important for a child’s self-image. It’s hard paying the bills and with the cost of living going up; people today are just getting by.

“It’s so kind of charities like FTCT to reach out and help families such as mine. We are now a very happy mother and daughter who can start enjoying life.”

*Names and photographs may have been changed to protect identities  

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