Finding FTCT roots at the Royal Russell School

Monday, July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Events

A memorial plaque at the school signifies the links between Royal Russell School and our founding fathers from the textile trade.

On Saturday, FTCT took a trip to the very origins of our charity, the Royal Russell School near Purley, to take part in the schools end of term celebrations and attend their annual Summer Art Exhibition, where we were named joint beneficiary for proceeds from the event.

As some of you may know, our charity was established in 1853 when a group of textile merchants formed a trust fund, to support the bereaved family of one of their colleagues. Support for their cause grew and in 1866 small school was opened, near Purley, dedicated to educating orphans of workers from the textile trade.

In 1968, the school became separate to the charity, but over the years FTCT and Royal Russell School have continued to work closely, to support children and young people in need of help, whose parents or carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry.

Pupils from the Royal Russell Junior School jumped at the chance to raise money for FTCT

We were very proud to have been invited to join celebrations at Royal Russell Day and to have been named as joint beneficiaries with the school’s 1853 society, with proceeds from sales made at the school’s Summer Art Exhibition,going towards our charity. It was  fascinating to see so much of our charity’s heritage around the school site, with crests, plaques and paintings representing the legacies of our founding fathers.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Chris Hutchinson, Royal Russell School Headmaster , Paul Barlow, School Bursar and Nigel Haigh for inviting us to join this wonderful event and for making us feel so welcome on the day.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to pupils from Royal Russell Junior School, for their enthusiastic efforts, selling FTCT branded cookies on our behalf, which had been generously donated by Nigel Haigh,to visitors at the art exhibition. With their help we raised £115.72 on through sales of cookies alone.

Click here to see more photos from the event….

One Response

  1. Nigel Haigh on July 3, 2012 at 11:08 am:

    Dear Anna and Jill, On behalf of the 1853 Society, The Royal Russell Parents’ Association, we were delighted to invite you to participate in what was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion – if somewhat tiring! The sun was shining: how many times can we say that this year…. and Feedback from all involved has been really positive – from artists represented with interests in Fashion and Textile through to the children. Glad you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you again soon, Nigel Haigh.

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