Acting for Others is a registered charity that works towards raising funds for its member charities through an annual fund-raising event for all theatrical charities. The charity has an interesting history, many star-studded ambassadors and fourteen member charities that it provides funds to.
The History of Acting for Others
During the 1960s, the silver screen and Hollywood was at its peak. Laurence Olivier, alongside Noël Coward and Richard Attenborough, had the idea of promoting a single annual fund-raising event for all theatrical charities. Thus, the Combined Theatrical Charities Appeal Council was formed. The Combined Theatrical Charities Appeal Council had the aim of furthering the work of its member charities and attracting donations and legacies for their benefit. In addition to this fundraising aspect, the charity aided in applying the funds to where they were most needed.
Behind every golden acting moment and successful actor are hundreds of performers, backstage and front-of-house theatre staff who are not so fortunate. Whether it be an illness, disability, or caring for special needs children, many in the acting industry have issues to deal with that are less than glamourous. This is why Acting for Others takes care of less fortunate people who work in the acting and theatre industry. During the last two weeks of October, Acting for Others holds an annual bucket collection in theatres across the United Kingdom.
Acting for Others: Covid-19 Fund
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need, including the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has made life even more difficult as theatres have been closed across the country. Throughout the pandemic, Acting for Others has taken part in the UK-wide charitable fundraising event, The 2.6 Challenge. The 2.6 Challenge was launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Acting for Others has now raised over £600,000 for theatre staff in need.