A record of £1.3m was given out in grants to people in the licensed trade by the Licensed Trade Charity in 2018.

A total of 767 grants were given to people in need and it involved 9,802 pubs, reaching more than 164,000 people.

The news was announced at the Licensed Trade Charity AGM and Volunteer Awards Dinner, where the charity revealed it had broken the £1m barrier in grants for the first time in 2018, thanks to their help in raising awareness amongst employees.

Wider partnerships with Shelter, Renovo and the Firefighters Charity also strengthened the charity's services to help operators in the licensed trade to support their staff.

Licensed Trade Charity chief executive Jim Brewster said: "It is great to see so many of our corporate partners here today taking a genuine interest in helping us to grow the levels of support we can offer to those from the trade.

"By working together we can ensure the best possible care for employees, and the Corporate Contribution awards for Marston's and Livelyhood are fine examples of the work going on amongst operators to ensure employees know they can turn to us for help in so many areas when they need it."

Marston's received the Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award for over 250 pubs, while Livelyhood picked up the same award for under 250 pubs.

Earlier this year, the Licensed Trade Charity launched a campaign to create a greater understanding of mental health awareness in the pub industry.