The Alcohol Education Trust (AET)

Tackling early age drinking

As a Livery, we have committed to support alcohol education. The Alcohol Education Trust has developed a number of new educational tools that deliver important messages about alcohol to teenagers. Since we started to work with the AET in 2013, this charity has made great progress towards their goal of providing young people with knowledge related to alcohol and regarding the dangers of irresponsible drinking. To learn more about the work of the AET, visit their website The story below shows just how that work and your donations are improving the lives of children.

Tough love parenting

The Isle of Wight conjures up beautiful images of sand, sea, sailing regattas, beach holidays and rolling hills, but you may be surprised to learn that this idyllic island has seven areas that are in the 20% most deprived areas in England. With one in five island children living in poverty, it is in the top 10 areas for under 18 alcohol-related hospital admissions. That is why the Isle of Wight is a focus area for our “Talk about alcohol” programme, in local schools, which encourages teachers to listen and engage with young people about their worries, concerns and pressures around risk-taking and, in particular, drinking. By working holistically within the community, we have been able to concentrate on solutions and alternatives to underage drinking and drunkenness. Your donations have definitely made a difference and changed people’s lives and this work could not continue without the financial help from the Distillers’ Charity. Thank you so much.
Helen Conibear
Director, Alcohol Education Trust

The Benevolent

The Wine & Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society (known as The Benevolent) is the trade charity for people who are currently working in (or have worked in) the UK drinks industry in any role and in any sector, who have got into dif culty. Founded in 1886, the Benevolent helps colleagues from the trade facing serious medical or nancial hardship, or any dif culties in the workplace or at home. The Benevolent is proud to work in partnership with The Distillers’ Company to support vulnerable members of the trade. To nd out more about the Benevolents’ work, visit

Tom Yusef Walks the Wall

Tom Yusef  is the current Chairman of The Wine and Spirits Trades Benevolent Society. Tom and his wife Carol, have just completed an unforgettable fundraising journey walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall raising money for this excellent charity that supports our colleagues in our industry in need of help. Their walk started at Wallsend on Sunday 21 May and they finished at Bowness-on-Solway on Friday 26 May.

The 84 mile long journey took Tom and Carol through Roman forts, mileposts and bath houses and the wall is one of the most famous of all the frontiers of the Roman empire. Hadrian’s Wall was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Tom aims to raise £25,000 for our trade charity and he has already passed the £10,000 mark which is fantastic. As a proud supporter of The Benevolent, I am asking you all to please make even a small donation to support such a wonderful challenge for such a wonderful charity, our own trade charity.

To support Tom’s Challenge please make your donation to the official BT Donate page of the ‘Walk The Wall’ Challenge: Here is the link:

Richard Watling

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