Paul had been working in the license trade since he was 16 years old. He started as a Kitchen Porter and worked his way quickly to be Pub Manager at a very young age, achieving great success when his pub was awarded Best Developed Pub of the Year.
But the long hours that so often accompany a life working in the pub business started to take a toll on Paul’s energy levels. He couldn’t give the 100% that he used to. So rather than let his pub team down, he resigned due to ill-health. Paul was later diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Going from a good salary to having no income other than through state benefits, Paul was forced to move his young family into a smaller flat. Faced with a life-threatening illness and still having a small family to provide for, Paul turned to the Licensed Trade Charity for help.
We were able to help Paul by giving him clear and helpful guidance on which benefits he was entitled to so he didn’t have to worry. And we assisted with his housing debts where we could, so Paul could simply focus on his health and his recovery. Paul has been in remission for over 2 years now. He works part-time as a Barman, and is determined to work his way back up to Pub Manager again one day. Paul and his family are looking forward to what the future holds.