The UKFT, the trade association that represents the nation’s drycleaners, is constantly updating its website with the latest news and guidance as it becomes available from the Government.

At the same time, UKFT is pointing families of textile care workers likely to experience hardship in the current crisis and in the aftermath of  the crisis, and their employers, to check out the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT).

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) can support families within the UK fashion and textile industry, particularly in light of the Coronavirus.  FTCT offers grants towards the cost of essential items for children aged between 0-18 years, whose parent/carer works in the UK fashion and textile industry. At this time, FTCT are reaching out to both employees and employers at member companies whose income has been or is likely to be affected by closures, short-hours or lay-offs as a result of Coronavirus.

When FTCT can help:
If there are dependents aged 0-18 within the family and parents are experiencing financial difficulty due to loss of income, an FTCT grant could cover the cost of essential items such as clothing, school uniform and household essentials.

While FTCT grants can’t help with the immediate issues such as replacing lost income or helping towards the cost of bills, they can be particularly helpful once the Coronavirus crisis begins to subside and the financial impact will really be felt.

Parents are encouraged to find out more about FTCT grants and apply in advance for seasonal items such as school uniform or essential clothing, which will become essential in the summer months. Please visit for more information.

UKFT is in constant dialogue with the Government and is keen to hear from companies so please do email at