The Drinks Trust awarded 1,750 Covid-19 Emergency Grants

The Drinks Trust has said to date 1,750 beneficiaries applied for its Covid-19 Emergency Grant of £250 each. It also said 31% of these have already been made redundant due to the pandemic.

In the first five months of 2020 The Drinks Trust awarded more than £800,000 in financial and wellbeing grants versus £627, 339 in the whole of 2019.

Of the applicants, 70% said they are the sole household earners and the average age of beneficiaries was 29. Around 19% of recipients had at least one dependent child.

The Trust will be running a social media campaign over the coming weeks promoting the statistics and sharing the message of thanks from recipients.

The Drinks Trust said it would like to thank all of those businesses who made generous donations to both the COVID-19 fund and in particular Penrod Ricard, William Grant & Sons and Whisky.Auction.

The Trust has received donations from over 100 drinks industry businesses to date, and it said this commitment will allow it to deliver vital services with the ambition to help iindustry people with the return to work and the challenges they may face in the months ahead.

Chairman, Michael Saunders said:, “We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us at this very difficult time. The response from the drinks industry in terms of donations and fundraising initiatives has been incredible without which we would not have been able to help so many people.

“However, we still have so much more to do. The Drinks Trust is funded by industry donor businesses, so none of the support we have been able to deliver have been possible without the generosity and support from all areas of the drinks industry. The Drinks Trust supports drinks industry people”.