Get Licensed is asking people in the North East to support an appeal to raise £25,000 to help the families of security guards that have died due to Covid-19.

It follows official data that reveals men working in the profession suffered the highest fatality rates due to the virus in England and Wales – with 45.7 deaths per 100,000.

Get Licensed, the UK’s number one course finder for licence-linked courses, said it also wants to raise public awareness of the importance of these frontline workers.

Security trainer, Anthony Milner, said: “This is a concerning trend but there are many other factors outside the nature of the job that may be a contributing factor to the death rates, including sex, age, ethnicity and geographical location.

“However, many of these jobs are carried out in an urban environment and involve coming into proximity with other people.

“Get Licensed has launched this appeal to support the families of those security guards who have died from this terrible virus as well as to highlight the important work that they do in protecting both people and places.

“With so many businesses closed or partially closed and not as many people about, there is greater opportunity for criminality. As a result, we have seen a greater need for security guards.

“Now is the time to offer some security in the form of financial support to the families of those in the profession that have lost their lives due to Covid-19.”

The appeal has so far raised more than £5,000, with donations coming from across the UK.

Figures produced by the Office for National Statistics found men working as security guards suffered one of the highest Covid-19 death rates – followed by male taxi drivers and chauffeurs, chefs, bus and coach drivers and social care workers.

In contrast, for all males of working age (20-64 years old), the rate is 9.9 deaths per 100,000, with 5.2 deaths per 100,000 females.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Get Licensed appeal can visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-support-fund-for-security-guards-covid19