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UKFT supports children's charity
Apr '10
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has added its support to TICT, The Textile Industry Children's Trust, the specialist trade charity that helps children at risk.

Founded in 1853 to “clothe, maintain and educate the children of warehousemen, clerks and agents of the textile industry”,the charity has expanded its good work to include children (from birth to 18 years) of parents who work in UK fashion retailing and manufacturing as well as textiles.

TICT is looking to award grants to the value of £310,000 this year and increase this amount by 10 per cent every year so would like to hear about children who could benefit from financial support.

According to TICT's new director, Anna Pangbourne, the children it helps could be at risk through bereavement, domestic conflict, disability, physical or emotional needs, or a parent who is drug or alcohol dependent.

“TICT can act as a safety net to ensure that a child can complete its education successfully during a critical phase. We may also support gifted and talented children with a specialist education or award hardship grants to cover the cost of uniforms,specialist equipment, such as a home computer, or provide funding towards transport to a school.”

According to Eric Musgrave, director general designate, UKFT, “we are extremely pleased to lend our support to spreading the word about TICT. Given the pressure on many families working in the sector in these tough times, it is important for us to let both members and non-members know of any financial help that is available.”

Run by a team of just three people so administrative costs are low, 70 per cent of TICT's income goes directly to the young people it supports.

TICT is embarking on a revitalisation programme and the charity is launching its first significant fund-raising campaign for many years – a mobile phone recycling campaign. Aimed primarily at retail head office staff, the initiative is already being supported by Arcadia and John Lewis, however, suppliers and brands can participate too.

TICT is chaired by fashion industry veteran David Carter-Johnson and other voluntary trustees include Chairman of the Development Committee David Shepherd, Top Man; Nikki Zamblera, Debenhams;Jill Little, John Lewis and Nayna McIntosh, Marks & Spencer.

They join an illustrious roll call of people involved in TICT: one of the founding trustees, whose aim was to establish a school, was the then Prince of Wales and Charles Dickens was the Chairman of Appeal in 1856 and 1857.

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