Who we help

We help anyone in need in the licensed trade, whatever age or background and wherever in Scotland they are based, provided they have worked in the Licensed Trade.

We can provide beneficiaries with discretionary financial support or one-off grants for emergency situations. Examples include:

  • Mental Health Issues
  • support in covering utility and household bills
  • the provision of home furnishings
  • funding for injury rehabilitation equipment
  • the supply of mobility and transport solutions

As well as day-to-day-support, we also own The BEN Pitlochry Estate, consisting of 18 bungalows, which provides accommodation for current and retired members of the industry as well as offering ‘Respitality’ breaks for carers.

Whether you need financial, social or emotional support, or are facing any other difficulties in life, please get in touch and we will do everything we can to help.

How we helped Lisa

"Back in July 2016 I had a bad fall off my horse resulting in a very nasty broken leg. Not the day i had planned at all! 

Once the reality of what had happen had kicked in I realised that i would be unable to work in the bar i was currently managing for an unknown period of time and therefore along with the stress of my leg injury i also had the financial stress of managing to survive on sick pay alone. 
My work put me in touch with Chris at The BEN who couldn't have b
een more helpful. She immediately put me at ease and introduced me to Sandra who would be coming to meet with me to assess my situation. 
Sandra was like my fairy godmother! She instantly put me at ease and reassured me that everything would be ok. She was just brilliant and kept in touch regularly to see how i was doing, as i wasn't coping the best with everything that had happened.
The BEN provided me with a sum of money which was paid to me in 2 amounts which allowed me to concentrate on my recovery as financially i would now be ok. Sandra and Chris made regular checks on me to make sure i was coping ok and also gave me lots of helpful advice when i was struggling which helped me loads along the road to recovery.

 Thanks to the emotional and financial support provided by the BEN i recovered faster than was expected by everyone and returned back to work after 3 months and am back to riding my horse again and loving every minute of it.

The work that the BEN does is really is a life line to so many people in the bar trade. "

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The stories of the people we support


Ann from Edinburgh

Ann’s husband suffered a stroke and could no longer walk and talk, she was finding it difficult to get him out in his wheelchair as he was too heavy to push.


Sue broke her leg in an horrific accident and was unable to work, her physiotherapist suggested she get hydrotherapy to help her recover and the BEN were pleased to help, she is now on the road to recovery.


Elizabeth owned her own home but unfortunately did not have enough money to repair her leaking roof to allow her to stay in her own home, we stepped in and she is now living happily in her home which is now wind and watertight.


We helped John by arranging transport to and from hospital to enable him to complete his chemotherapy sessions without waiting for hours for additional transport.


Eric was finding it increasingly difficult to get about due to arthritis in his legs so we managed to get him a scooter and it has made such a difference to the quality his life.


Paul phoned the office just before Christmas asking if we provided food parcels, his house was up for sale, he was working and trying his best but had no money left for food.

Mary from Glasgow

Mary contacted us very distressed as she was living next to drug addicts who partied all weekend and had started to bother her with the noise.

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