About us News and Blog Supporting families during the pandemic It's been a very tough year and we have worked with hundreds of fashion and textile families who have really felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, both financially and emotionally. We are so proud that our grants have eased pressure on parents dealing with furlough, redundancy and lost income. By giving grants towards essential items, we helped many parents meet their children’s needs during really challenging times. As lockdown eases again, our grants are needed more than ever. The UK fashion and textile industry is changing rapidly and we remain focused on supporting children of fashion and textile workers, through changes and difficult life circumstances. How our grants have supported fashion and textile families during the pandemic Since April 2020 our grants supported the health and wellbeing of more than 1000 children. Families were give an average of £500 for each child who needed a grant, helping them to provide childhood essentials like clothing, school uniform, study tech, bedroom furniture and more. What families said about their grants, one year later We have been speaking to some of the parents who applied to us last April, just as the pandemic was unfolding. It's been so lovely to hear how the items their grants bought are still helping and supporting their child's everyday life. Want to find out more about our work? Why not read more real stories of families we have helped. Or find out more about our grants. You could also read about our history and how we have been helping UK fashion and textile families since 1853.