29th June, 2021
The pandemic’s effect on the Royal Variety Charity has been considerable. Our remit and ‘reason for being’ is to help and support anyone in need of assistance who has worked professionally in the entertainment industry.
Before Covid-19, it was only the top 4.8% of those working in the industry that earnt above the average UK wage, but since March this year, not only has this industry suffered a crisis like everyone else, but in parts suffered complete annihilation.
Theatres and music venues have been closed for most of the year, festivals and outdoor concerts were abandoned and tens of thousands of people working in all parts of the industry, mostly on a freelance ‘job-to-job’ basis, have been left to fend for themselves with little or no support from the Government - not qualifying for furlough, or any other scheme that has been offered.
Not only this but the Royal Variety Charity faces the demands and challenges of owning and operating its own residential and nursing Care Home, Brinsworth House, for elderly members of the entertainment profession.
TO CONTINUE OUR WORK, WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW MORE THAN WE EVER HAVE.