A special week for the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust

The FTCT has been celebrating momentous occasions for not one, but two of its most prestigious supporters; the birthday of its former Chairman of Appeal, Charles Dickens, and the Sapphire Jubilee of its Patron, Her Majesty The Queen!

February 7th is the birth date of Charles Dickens - who would have celebrated his 205 birthday this week! It’s a special day for the FTCT because Mr Dickens was the charity’s first Chairman of Appeal (aka fundraiser) back in 1856. In the year he held post, he encouraged his peers to donate and raise funds to support the charity - in its original form, a school for the orphaned children of warehousemen and clerks in the textile and allied trades.

Today, the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust continues supporting children whose parents work in the many fashion and textile businesses throughout the UK, including small companies and high street fashion retailers.

“Whilst the needs of children have changed over the last 163 years, children today are still affected by illness, bereavement and the financial difficulties of their parents. That’s why the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust is just as relevant today as it was in 1853,” says Anna Pangbourne, Director of FTCT.

The team at FTCT has also been congratulating the charity’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen on reaching a most significant and historic milestone, becoming the first British monarch to reign for 65 years. The charity has received Royal patronage throughout most of its 160 years, from King Edward VII through to Her Majesty who became Patron in 1950.

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