Case Studies

Our charity, your community, their stories…

The Benevolent currently liaises with over 600 cases of support, ensuring that the charity provides the practical, financial and emotional support needed. We believe that every member of the drinks industry, no matter what their role or where they were employed, should be able to access support when they need it most. Here are a few of their stories…

Alfred & Doll’s Story

Alfred and his wife Doll are in their 70’s and between them worked for Gilbey’s Gin for over 30 years; Alfred as a charge hand for 18 years and Doll as a taster for 14 years. Unfortunately both Alfred and Doll are now in poor health. Read more…

 

Antony’s Story

Tony March - SMALLAntony was living a quiet and contented life in the heart of Cheshire where he had recently moved to be closer to his son prior to his retirement. Read more… 

 

 

Benjamin’s Story

BEN SmallBenjamin has always been driven by a deep passion for the drinks trade, an industry he has been very familiar with since he was born. Benjamin’s future looked bright and full of promise, but things began to unravel for him both professionally and personally when his mother passed away. Read more…

 

Bethany’s Story

bethany-websiteAlthough engaged with The Benevolent’s work for a long time, Bethany’s father never thought he or his family would ever need support. But as he wrote: “..you just never know what’s around the corner.” At the end of her first year of Sixth Form in 2012, after years of self-harm, Bethany was diagnosed with acute anorexia nervosa and depression. Read more…

 

Carol’s Story

Carol worked in the licensed trade as a landlady in London for over a decade, has adult two sons and is divorced from her husband. Although she had a successful career as a publican she was forced to leave her job due to mental health issues that made it impossible for her to carry on working the long hours needed to run a successful licensed establishment. Read more…

 

Christopher & Claire’s Story

Christopher has worked as a Site Manager for Halewood International for the last sixteen years and, until recently, his wife Claire was a mobile hairdresser. She was passionate about her profession and loved its flexibility that allowed her to dedicate herself to her many hobbies including riding and mountain climbing. Claire was also actively engaged in her community, as a member of a local search and rescue team. Read more…

 

Desna’s Story

Desna Bates first entered the drinks industry as an Assistant Manager at Victoria Wine in 1996. There she was quickly promoted to Senior Sales Manager but was forced to quit work in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Read more…

 

Frank’s Story

Frank is passionate about the trade and has incredibly fond memories from his many years at Allied Domecq as a Regional Manager and then as a National Account Manager. He was first diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 2007. Read more…

 

Harry’s Story

Following a successful career as an Assistant Sales Service Manager spanning 36 years at Moët Hennessy UK, Harry retired in 2002 to enjoy his golden years and indulge his passion for cricket, as well as cooking and food. Read more…

 

Ida’s Story

Ida’s husband of 54 years Fred drove a delivery van for one of the UK’s largest drinks brands owners for 13 years. Fred retired at the age of 59 and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Following a long struggle with the disease Fred passed away leaving Ida with no savings or funeral insurance. Read more…

 

Isabelle’s Story

SmallIsabelle and her husband Patrick have worked in the drinks industry for over two decades, running the family’s IT Company, which provided contract programming services services to Punch Taverns and the Spirit Pub Company. Successful and contented, the couple were enjoying the tranquil life with their three children in Derbyshire, when Isabelle first experience legs spasms.  Read more…

Jim’s Story

Jim entered the trade as a Load Planning Manager at a wine and spirits company in the 80’s.  Even though he fully enjoyed his time in the trade, Jim decided to subsequently develop a career in the welfare sector, at the same time as pursuing his passion for music performing in local pubs on the Isle of Wight.  Read more…

 

Julia’s Story

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJulia has worked in the drinks industry for over a decade, first as a Stock Controller for a variety of wine wholesaler companies, followed by a successful career as a freelance consultant for the International Wine Challenge. Read more…

 

Julie’s Story

Case Studies PictJulie has always been fascinated by wine and passionate about its provenance and history, and it is this passion that has driven her career for the past 12 years. Julie has worked in a variety of sectors across the trade including in events and marketing at the International Wine Challenge and most recently as a wine merchant. In summer 2015 Julie was enjoying a sunny afternoon in the park when her life was changed forever in the blink of an eye. Read more…

 

Loris Story

Loris worked in a variety of positions in the wine trade including some of the UK’s top wine merchants as a Wine Cellar Manager and in the wine department at Tesco’s. In 1999 Loris was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
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Mark’s Story

homeless-man-sleeping-300x199Mark has always been driven by a deep passion for wines and spirits, a passion that lead him to work for one of the UK’s largest wine retailers as warehouse assistant. In addition to promising career prospects his girlfriend had also recently accepted his proposal of marriage and Mark’s future looked bright and full of promise. Read more…

 

Mike’s Story

mike case study I consider myself possibly the luckiest person alive despite a serious attempt to prove that statement wrong. Luck first presented itself when I entered the drink industry working for Mentzendorff in 1971. Being my first job in the wine trade I couldn’t have done better, especially having had the honour to be taught how to open a bottle of champagne by Madame Bollinger herself. Read more…

 

Paul’s Story

Paul began learning about wine from a young age as his father worked in the trade and he made the natural decision to join the drinks industry at the age of 17. His career went from strength to strength and he eventually became a top Sales Manager at one of the UK’s most prestigious Wine Merchants. Read more…

 

Richard’s Story

Richard Neill - Benevolent Beneficiary WEB RESRichard was young, successful and happily married with a 1 year old son when he started experiencing the onset of weakness and muscle cramps two years ago. He had enjoyed a rewarding career as a journalist working for The Daily Telegraph as a wine correspondent as well as Decanter Magazine as an Editorial Assistant. Read More…

 

Robert’s Story

Robert has been working in the drinks industry for nearly 50 years, enjoying every minute of it. His passion for wine first led him to turn his personal interest into a successful career in sales with some of the UK’s top wine merchants and later to achieve his lifetime dream of opening his own importing wines and spirits company. Read more…

 

Russell’s Story

Russell worked as a maintenance engineer at one of the UK’s top Cider Brands for over 10 years and was first diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 35. Read more…

 

Steve’s Story

Steve was not seriously concerned when he went to his GP with a stomach ache. A 31 year old bartender from Torquay he had never had any serious health issues. His GP was initially in agreement and diagnosed Steven with food poisoning.
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William’s Story

Pict-for-Will - 150William was young, carefree and working as a buyer for an alcoholic drinks importer, an experience he was greatly enjoying. Highly motivated and hardworking, he felt fulfilled by his career path and determined to excel professionally. Read more…