The British Interior Textiles Association (BITA) joined in the celebrations of the Fashion & Textiles Children’s Trust’s 160th anniversary.

The event, which took place at the House of Lords in June, saw a host of UK textile brands in attendance – including Nigel Oddy from House of Fraser and Steve Rowe from M&S, alongside BITA’s marketing director Diane Harding, who showed her support for the association’s chosen charity organisation.

Diane Harding spoke of the occasion: “BITA have thoroughly enjoyed working with FTCT for the past five years. It is a fantastic charity and we will continue to support them in achieving their mission to raise awareness in order to help more families.”

During the celebration, FTCT director, Anna Pangbourne and chair of trustees, Meg Lustman, outlined their plans to double the amount of children FTCT support by 2019.

Meg said: “Our purpose is very simple and clear. FTCT is here to give money to families in need and our goal is to help many more families. So our first and most important objective is to raise awareness of the charity and that we are here to help.

“We hope that everyone who attended the event will help us achieve our goal by referring families to FTCT and distributing our information among their colleagues and staff.”