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Since April we have given out more than £225,000 in grants to help UK fashion and textile families affected by the pandemic. Appeal funds have already been distributed to children who were otherwise missing out, ensuring they have school uniform for the new term, comfortable beds to sleep in and working appliances at home for clean clothes and hot meals.   

Demand for our grants remains high, as the financial pressure on families continues. We believe the knock on effect of reduced pay and redundancies will be felt by fashion and textile families for a long time to come. 

If you can, please donate to our appeal and help us to continue our work. Together we can ease the lasting financial impact the pandemic is having on industry families. 

Please watch this short video to hear some of the experiences of families we have helped during the pandemic: 

Kirsty McGregor, Drapers editor: 
"The fashion retail industry is incredibly resilient, but even before the Covid-19 coronavirus forced the closure of non-essential stores, many fashion retailers were struggling to keep up with fast-changing consumer behaviour. Over the past few years we have watched as well-known high street names have fallen into administration and closed rafts of stores, resulting in tens of thousands of job losses – and that decline has been exacerbated by the current crisis."

"We have seen how devastating this can be for people working in our industry, and that is why we support the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust. The FTCT has transformed the lives of many families, and with your help, it will be able to provide essential aid to those who have fallen on hard times as a result of the coronavirus pandemic."   

Please donate 

Anna Pangbourne talking on stage at the Drapers Awards 2019."With no end in sight for lockdown measures, the pressure isn’t easing up on families in our industry. Demand for our grants is still double typical levels, as school uniform costs becomes a pressing concern for parents coping with furlough, redundancy and reduced incomes.” 

"Please help us to raise £60,000 and ensure many more children can have their basic needs met during this challenging time. Your donation will go directly to the children and families we support." Anna Pangbourne, FTCT Director 

It's our industry- let's support each other, together. Your donation could make a huge difference to another child's life.