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The Heritage Foundation Arts & Entertainment Trust

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The Heritage Foundation Arts & Entertainment Trust

The roots of The Heritage foundation may be traced back to 1991 when Marketing Consultant David Graham and friend John Gatenby reached the conclusion that not enough was being done to acknowledge and recognise the achievements of some our country’s finest entertainers. Together they conspired to erect a Blue Plaque in memory of the legendary comedy actor, Peter Sellers in Highgate, London and thus The Dead Comics Society was formed. A further nine plaques were unveiled to comedy greats over the next three years before Graham and Gatenby parted company in 1994, the latter to co create The British Comedy Society and Graham to set up Comic Heritage.

By the year 2000, The Heritage Foundation had evolved to its present form with David Graham as Chairman. The Foundation now encompasses Comic Heritage, Musical Heritage, Sports Heritage and Films and Television Heritage. Essentially the aim of the Foundation is to combine paying tribute to Britain’s wealth of talent who have brought pleasure and joy to millions through their performance or technical skills while raising funds for good causes through our charity The Arts and Entertainment Charitable Trust. This Trust has supported a range of national and regional charities over the years including Childline, The Variety Club Children’s Charity, Imperial Cancer Research, British Strokes Association, British Heart Foundation, Aspire, Parkinson’s Disease Society, Lymphoma Association, Manx Mencap, Lord Taverners, National Playing Fields Association, Children of Chernobyl, Rochdale Mayors Appeal, South Bucks NHS Trust, Derrain House Children’s Hospice, Tree of Hope, The Grand Order of Water Rats and The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund with other causes and charities always being considered to benefit from The Heritage Foundations work.

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