Licensed Trade Charity thanked the drinks industry for its support at the charity’s annual general meeting on Wednesday 3rd October.

Chief Executive, Jim Brewster congratulated pubcos and breweries as their backing had allowed the charity to help more people than ever in 2017. He announced that LTC were able to help 8,300 individuals from the industry including bar staff, licensees, tenants and manager, through grants, counselling and advice.

£982,000 was provided in social and educational grants including 550 grants provided to people in need, including rent, furniture and white goods and 78 grants to support education and training.

During the ceremony they announced that in 2017, 385 people called their free telephone advice service. They’ve reported that 50% of calls were directly related to money worries while 15% were about housing and fears of being made homeless. Other concerns were physical and mental health, including serious illness and stress at work. In response six free counselling sessions were offered to each person in need.

Recognition and trophies went to winners at the annual Volunteer Awards, including the coveted Outstanding Corporate Contribution prize, which went to the Stonegate Pub Company.

They also thanked the 137 volunteers who spent 6,700 hours donating their time to help with all the charitable services.

Jim Brewster announced that LTC hope that by 2021, 12,900 people will benefit from their charitable services, and 80 children connected to the trade will receive bursaries, sponsorships or support with fees at LVS Ascot.