Andrew Mitchell, MP, recently met with Anna Pangbourne, Director of the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT), a national charity that provides grants for parents or carers who work in fashion, textiles and related sectors, to buy essential items for their children.
In light of the upcoming closure of M&S in Sutton Coldfield and other sites across the UK, Anna is keen to encourage families to get in touch with the charity, if they need financial support. Grants from the charity can help to pay for essential items, for the children in the family (0-18yrs). This might be a bed to sleep in, a cooker for hot meals, a washing machine for clean clothes or new school uniform and footwear. If a child has additional needs, the charity can also provide a grant for mobility equipment, sensory toys, or therapies. The grants are not a loan and they do not have to be re-paid.
Anna Pangbourne said: “If you’re a parent and you’ve worked in the M&S store or any other fashion retailer for at least a year and do not have the money to buy essential items for your child, we would urge you to get in touch by going to our website: www.ftct.org.uk for more details. If you’d like to speak to one of our team first, please just call 0300-123-9002”
The charity is keen to highlight that their support is far reaching: if a parent works in any UK business that designs, makes, sells, or distributes clothing, footwear or fabrics, including soft furnishings and supermarkets that sell clothing, please get in touch. The parent does not need to be currently employed, but must have worked in the sector, within the last nine years.
Andrew Mitchell said: “This is a well-run and well-focussed charity in a niche that may be able to help some of those in the Royal Town who are facing financial difficulties and who work or have worked in fashion and textiles-related businesses.