Meet Amit Chowdhury-FTCT Trustee…
As part of our on-going successful series of FTCT team blog posts, giving you the chance to meet the faces behind the charity, here is the second of our fabulous FTCT Trustees blog posts, this week featuring our newest Trustee, Amit Chowdhury who joined the board just over 1 year ago.
Last week, Amit popped into the FTCT offices, to spend the afternoon with the team and find out more about daily life for the FTCT team, so we grabbed the opportunity to hear in his own words, why he is proud to be one of our FTCT Trustees. Take it away Amit…
What inspired you to join the board of FTCT Trustees?
What inspired me to join the board of FTCT Trustees was the opportunity to help children who have not had a great start in life-I mean why wouldn’t you want the opportunity to do that! So I was absolutely flattered when David Carter Johnson, chair of the board of FTCT Trustees and Anna Pangbourne, Director of FTCT asked me to join.
Having been a Trustee for just over a year, what do you think of the new-look FTCT and what do you hope for the charity’s future?
I think the new-look FTCT is really cool! I think it is stylish, understated and very memorable. When you compare it to the old fashioned T.I.C.T I think it is really wonderful.
What do you think makes FTCT unique?
The number 1 thing which makes FTCT unique is the fact that we can turn applications into cases so quickly, unlike a lot of charities. It really is something to shout about. The fact that we are really small, there are only 4 people on the team, there is no bureaucracy or red tape.
The company you work for, Hobbs, are going to be hosting a fabulous Charity Week next month. Why do you think it is important for the industry to really get behind us and fundraise for FTCT?
First of all for us it has generated so much excitement throughout the company and it is a fabulous opportunity for us to do something fun for charity. I think the reason why it is important for everyone at Hobbs to get behind the FTCT Charity Week, is because it is an opportunity for people in the fashion industry to give back to other people in the industry and to help those who are at a disadvantage, who need a helping hand. It has really given us the opportunity to focus people on how easy it is for them to make a real difference to families in their industry.
Have you got any inside scoops on what the teams from Hobbs, across the country, will be doing to fundraise for FTCT?
There are all sorts of things that are planned, we have a sponsored run between our stores, head office were talking about a 100m stiletto dash, someone was going to offer their services to be a PA for the day. We are even having people offering to make cups of tea for their colleagues and friends in return for a donation. Karen and Katherine from the Brent Cross store are going to be selling tote bags which they have designed and made, to raise funds for FTCT. The team really are going all out. It really is going to be so much fun!
What one thing would you say to anyone out there in the industry who is thinking of supporting FTCT?
By supporting FTCT, it gives you the opportunity to help to support children who haven’t had the best start in life, giving them a platform to change their lives. FTCT can provide hope and opportunity to young people and their families and that is something which everyone in the industry should be proud of and should get behind and support.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Amit, for taking the time to write this unique blog post, just for you, our readers!
Hobbs’ FTCT Charity Week is taking place in October, click here to see what happened when Anna popped in to meet the team, last month… Please follow FTCT on Facebook and Twitter for pics and updates from the event.