Grants available for trade staff in need

Chris Gardner (left) at the Glass Half Full campaign launch.

LICENSED trade charity The Ben is calling on those who have fallen on hard times to apply for one-off grants as part of the organisation’s Glass Half Full campaign.

Launched last year, the campaign is targeting current and former members of the licensed trade who have fallen on hard times through illness, unemployment or other factors, and would benefit from financial aid.

To be eligible for support, applicants must have worked in the licensed trade for at least three years on a full-time basis, although the three years do not need to be consecutive.

Chris Gardner, chief executive of The Ben, said she hopes the Glass Half Full campaign will enable the charity to support more people than ever before.

“Since it was established, The Ben has supported thousands of people across Scotland and we continue to strive to help as many as we can today; we hope the Glass Half Full campaign will inspire people to either recommend our services or get in touch,” said Gardner.

“We know there are hundreds of Scots out there who are eligible for support, but just don’t know it, so we want to let them know we are here to help whether that’s emotionally or financially through our regular discretionary payments or one-off grants.

“Anyone can require assistance at any time of their life, and as our records show, this could be anything from tiding you over for a lost wallet to helping with essential payments such as rent or mortgage that allow our beneficiaries to keep a roof over their head.”

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