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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 we stepped in and gave him an annual allowance, he phoned to say we had saved his life

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 been 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 I am back to riding my horse again and loving every minute of it

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


Lisa Smith

Just wanted to note my MASSIVE massive thanks to

this organisation for helping me keep on living through

such difficult times. I can now finally afford to eat due to receiving a grant from yourselves and it has taken a 10,000 tonne weight off of my shoulders. Special mention to Chris the absolute sweetheart and legend herself. Her compassion towards me is what means the




The BEN Grant has come for me at a time when my world has been turned up-side down. Due to rise in inflation and personal circumstances I was living in my overdraft and relying on the little savings that I had to pay for food and fuel. With Chris working with me to understand my situation more, I was provided with the grant. I can now focus on getting myself back on my feet and hopefully cancel my

overdraft to avoid getting into the situation any further.

Thank you again!

The Ben are a group of people who put you first no matter what. I've been through some rough times in the last couple of years financially and the Ben have been a big support especially during the pandemic. I will always be eternally grateful to Chris and everyone at the Ben because they listened and helped me when no one else would. I highly recommend to contact them if you are struggling they are really good genuine people. -

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