The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) has been doubling its efforts to help thousands more people from the pub trade in the last year.

Figures released by the LTC show that 13,500 people benefitted from its services in 2018 – up 45 per cent on 2017.

Staff from pubs and breweries received a record total of £1.1m in grants to help them get back on their feet.

The charity supports people who have worked in the licensed trade and have fallen on difficult times in a number of ways, such as clearing rent arrears and unpaid bills, convalescence and even funeral costs.

Trained advisors are also available to talk to those needing assistance on a free 24/7 help line.

Pubcos such as Wetherspoons, Fuller's, Stonegate, Ei and Mitchells & Butlers have been praised by the charity for raising awareness about its work.

M&B has dropped its own Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) in favour of the LTC's free services.

Caroline Davies, head of employee relations at M&B, said: "This directly replaced a fee paying EAP service but there are many other benefits to the LTC service, the most important being that they understand the work and lifestyle of our teams due to their experience working with people who have built careers in the Licensed Trade".

For more information go to www.licensedtradecharity.org.uk