Words by: Simon Difford
Photography by: Video by Spectrecom Films
The Benevolent is a trade charity for people who are working, or have worked, in the UK drinks industry in any role and in any sector. This includes the production, distribution, marketing, import, export or retail sales of drinks brands in both the on trade and off trade of the UK market.
Founded in 1886, The Benevolent Charity's mission is to help colleagues from the drinks industry facing medical or financial hardship or any other workplace or home difficulties. These might include serious illness, disability, debt issues or a family crisis such as a seriously ill partner or child.
If you live and work in the UK and your current or previous employer's business deals primarily with alcoholic drinks in any way, then The Benevolent is there to help you - whether you are a bartender, retailer, importer or a driver delivering kegs of beer. The charity can provide you with a wide range of services including financial and emotional support as well as practical advice. The Benevolent's services are completely confidential.
The Benevolent offers a 100% confidential telephone helpline manned by professional counsellors. The helpline is available to members of the UK drinks industry 7 days per week from 8am to 8pm and can be accessed by dialling 0800 915 4610.
The Benevolent offers even more than indicated above. If you are going through a tough period then contact The Benevolent for help.
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