Mairead, a white woman with blond hair holds the camera smiling. She is photographed next to her son Jed who has brown hair.

After Mairead was made redundant by Warehouse during lockdown, she contacted us. With her son Jed outgrowing all his clothes and soon needing new school uniform, Mairead decided to apply for one of our grants.

“I was sent FTCT details in my redundancy package from Warehouse. I had worked there for five years before it went into administration during lockdown. As a single parent it was a worrying time.”

“Jed had grown so much and twice I had to clear out clothes that no longer fitted him, so when I saw that I fitted FTCT’s criteria, I decided to apply for one of their grants.”

With FTCT’s offices shut during lockdown and no access to a computer, Mairead completed the postal form we send to all applicants. Once complete Mairead emailed photographs of each page so the grants team could process her application.

“The application circumstances were unusual due to lockdown, but I found everyone at FTCT  very helpful and replied to all my emails very promptly.”

Once their application was approved, Mairead and Jed planned a special day out to get everything he needed, “It was so nice to actually go clothes shopping with Jed and pick new bits as most of his bits are passed down or picked up in a supermarket so this grant made a big deal to us.”

Jed is pictured in his school uniform standing in front of a set of wardrobe doors.

Jed pictured on the first day of school in his new uniform.

We are so delighted that Mairead applied to us and are so grateful to her for sharing her experiences here. Redundancy and reduced income are just some of the situations faced by the families we support. If you’ve never applied to a charity before, but find yourself in circumstances like those faced by Mairead, please find out if our grants could help you.