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Stephen Fry fronts legacy appeal for The CTBF

Stephen Fry fronts legacy appeal for The CTBF

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund is appealing for in a campaign fronted by Stephen Fry, and supported by Dame Helen Mirren and Lord Michael Grade.

The campaign appeals specifically to people within the industry and asks them to consider leaving a donation to the charity in their Will to contribute to the £3 million of support The CTBF grants to more than 1000 individuals every year. The grants contribute towards the charity’s welfare support and programmes, which include The National Care Plan, The CTBF Children’s Fund, and flagship talent development scheme The John Brabourne Awards.

As well as legacies from industry veterans, those that already exist within The CTBF include a substantial part of producers Peter Rogers’ and Betty Box’s estate, which incorporates all future royalties generated from the “Carry On” back catalogue.

Barry Jenkins, president of The CTBF, said:

“Our industry can be an often precarious place, and so many find the obstacles of ill-health, sudden bereavement, and financial hardship in their path. Yet as we all know, it is equally an industry of unmatched creative comradery, community, and steadfast support. I would invite our friends from across the spheres of television, film and cinema to join me in leaving a gift to the CTBF, and help us in our work supporting those who need us most.”

At the appeal’s launch, Stephen Fry said:

“As a supporter of The CTBF, I am delighted to be part of their legacy appeal. If like me you are glad to have had a career in this wonderful industry, please help The CTBF be there for our colleagues by leaving a gift in your Will.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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