Abta Lifeline has partnered with Citizens Advice Manchester to help hard up agents get urgent financial advice.

This year, 42 applications for help have been submitted by agents to the charity.

Financial troubles often lead to agents contacting the industry charity each year.

Speaking at an Abta Lifeline fundraising dinner at the Royal Air Force Club last night, Abta Lifeline director Trudie Clements said: “It only takes one life-changing incident, like people falling ill which means you cannot pay your mortgage, and then Abta Lifeline can try and help them.

“We have just launched a partnership with Citizens Advice Manchester who are experts in debt, housing and benefits.

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“We can now refer people to them for that specialist advice they need to help get them back on their feet.”

Clements (pictured) also pledged to develop a mental health support service for those “employees of smaller companies that might not have provision or an employment assistance programme in place”.

BBC’s The One Show presenter Matt Baker spoke about how he battled severe dyslexia and a lack of experience to win over corporation employers and join children’s show Blue Peter as a presenter in 2000.

Der Touristik UK chief executive Derek Jones auctioned off prizes to round off the evening.

The auction helped bring the fundraising total up to £8,040 on the night.