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The Royal Variety Charity Changes Its Name From The EABF

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The Royal Variety Charity has officially changed its name from the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund (EABF).

The Royal Variety Charity assists those who've worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help. It works to support both young and old, who've worked on the stage, in the wings, in front of a camera, or behind it, as well as all those who have spent their lives working in the numerous support industries dedicated to entertainment.

The charity owns and manages its own residential and nursing care home for entertainers – Brinsworth House in Twickenham – and also offers a nationwide grant scheme to assist those living in their own homes wherever they reside in the UK. The Royal Variety Charity not only offers support to those who have found themselves struggling as a result of ill health, financial hardship or old age, but also to talented youngsters from impoverished backgrounds who need assistance to pursue their dreams of entering performing arts education.

Commenting on the name change, which was implemented with immediate effect, Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity and Executive Producer of the Royal Variety Performance, Giles Cooper, said: "This is an historic day in the 107 year history of our charity; the oldest and most well known of all charities in show business.

"In recent years, the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund (EABF) has become better known, through television shows such as Britain's Got Talent, as the Royal Variety Charity and today's official name change marks a landmark occasion for us and the beginning of a new era.
"The entertainment industry is constantly evolving and similarly the needs of those who need support in our business has changed and altered dramatically since our foundation. It is therefore so important that a thriving charity such as ours also evolves and develops at a pace in tandem with the modern era.

"I am delighted to announce that the Royal Variety Charity will be widening its criteria of help to all those who have served the entertainment industries, both young and old; to all those who have worked in front of a camera, or behind it, on the stage, or in the wings, as well as all those who have spent their lives working in the numerous support industries dedicated to entertainment."
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