James works as a distribution centre operative for the clothing retailer, Lands’ End. James got in touch with FTCT when his daughter Emma (12) started a new school and needed school uniform. Here James talks about his experience of applying to FTCT. *

“I work as a distribution centre operative for the clothing retailer, Lands’ End and I heard about FTCT through a colleague who had already received an FTCT grant. When I applied I was looking for funding mainly for school uniform and shoes and was interested to see if we could get any help.”

“It felt a little embarrassing to ask for help, but I thought, ‘needs must’. My wife and I had to reduce our hours when our daughter started her new school, which reduced our income. I thought, any help FTCT can give would help.”

The grant has made a difference to family life, because now we are more able to cover costs when more uniforms, shoes and clothing are needed. If Emma hadn’t been awarded this grant, things would have been more difficult.

“This is a great service to low income families. With children constantly growing they need stuff regularly.”

“I would say to any parent thinking of applying to FTCT, go for it! You have nothing to lose and you could improve your child’s welfare.”

* Names and images have been changed to protect identities.

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