Trade backs benevolent society

Annual dinner raises £100,000 for charity

GUESTS from across the Scottish trade dug deep last week to raise £100,000 for charity at the 42nd annual Ben Dinner.

More than 1000 guests where in attendance at Glasgow’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for the event in aid of the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society.

Ticket sales combined with the raffle, which saw one lucky winner drive away with a brand new Suzuki Celerio, brought the total funds raised for The Ben to six figures on the night.

Founded in 1864, The Ben offers social, financial and emotional support to former and current members of the licensed trade facing difficulties. The annual dinner is The Ben’s biggest fundraising event and has a significant impact on the support and services it provides to Scotland’s licensed trade.
Chris Gardner, chief executive of The Ben, said this year’s event was “another fantastic night” for the charity.

“Once again we have been overwhelmed by the support shown from our guests in helping us raise this tremendous total,” she said.

“The money raised will be vital in allowing us to continue to provide the support to Scotland’s trade workers and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Chris Gardner (left) with Christina Whyte, winner of the car prize draw.