Grant support: Barry and Madison’s story

Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Posted in Blog, Success stories

Over the past few months, we have Father and Daughter-Smallbeen working closely with the regional partner support teams at John Lewis, to promote FTCT grants to their colleagues – both past and present. That’s how Barry* found out about FTCT.

Here, Barry talks about his experience with FTCT and why other families should consider applying.

“I worked for most of my life at one of John Lewis’ textile factories, until I was made redundant in 2008. I was signed off further work with a muscular condition and money was tight.”

“I first heard about FTCT through one of my John Lewis Partners. She heard about FTCT through work and encouraged me to apply for help with uniform costs for my daughter Madison, who was about to start secondary school. “

“My partner felt uncomfortable asking for help, but I didn’t want Madison to feel left out at school. Kids can be cruel and I didn’t want to feel like I was letting her down.”

“FTCT awarded a grant for £250 which we used to buy everything Madison needed for school, blazer, trousers, shirts, shoes. We even had enough left over to put towards a winter coat!”

“I’m proud that I got in touch to ask for help. Once the forms were filled in and the money came through, it was a great feeling, knowing I had done the right thing.”

“To any other parent thinking of applying, I would say do it! The team at FTCT are there to help, listen and do everything they can. Even if the charity can’t help you directly, they will always try and signpost you to someone who can.”

If you know a family who could benefit from an FTCT grant, please contact Dora on 0300 123 9002 or fill in our online enquiry form.


If you work for a business within fashion or textiles and would like to promote FTCT grants to your employees, please contact

Related articles:

What is a grant and how can it help my family?
Other families FTCT grants have helped
Who can apply?

*Names and images have been changed, to protect identities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>