OK, so they are not the actual winners of Britain’s Got Talent, but they could be classed as one of the winners. The ITV Show donates 15 pence from every phone vote to the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund – this amounted to over £200,000 last year.
In return, the charity (organisers and beneficiaries of the Royal Variety Performance) arranges for the winner of Britain’s Got Talent to appear at the annual Royal Variety Performance, which is held in the presence of a senior member of the British Royal Family and seen by over 152 million TV viewers around the world.
The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund supports thousands of entertainers throughout the UK who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. Brinsworth House, in Twickenham, Middlesex, is the Fund’s dedicated nursing home, caring for elderly members of the entertainment profession. The charity is often now known as the ‘Royal Variety Charity’ as the proceeds from the annual Royal Variety Performance have been the financial bedrock of the Fund’s existence for many years.
For more information about the work The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund does please visit their website: www.eabf.org.uk/work-of-the-eabf