FTCT offers help for employees of Axminster Carpets as firm closes its doors after 250 years.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog

In March, after 250 years and an illustrious history that included its carpets covering the floors of Chatsworth House and Brighton’s Pavilion, Axminster Carpets collapsed into administration. Approximately 300-400 staff look set to lose their jobs at the Axminster and Buckfast mills, all skilled crafts people, who have dedicated their careers to the carpets trade. As one of Devon’s biggest employers, the collapse of Axminster carpets is huge blow to the area, affecting in some cases multiple generations of the same family.

How can we help?
We can offer grants for the children of individuals who worked in any aspect of Axminster Carpets, whether manufacture, head office functions or distribution, to help bridge the gap until they find new employment. Whether by funding everyday essentials such as clothing, bedding, school uniform or shoes for their children, or helping with more long term implications of redundancy such as school bus passes or funding school meals, our grants can make a big difference during this tricky time.

We’ve already been in touch with the Mayor of Axminster, Andrew Moulding and Peter Porteous from Axminster Job Club, who are working closely with families in the community hardest hit by the closures. Posters about our grants will shortly be going up in local colleges and schools and information about our grants is being sent along the community grapevine to those who need it most.

If you know anyone affected by the closure of Axminster Carpets, please ask them to contact Emma on 0300 123 9002 or grants@ftct.org.uk to find out if we can help their child. Or click here to download a special poster, to put up in your local area.

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