Registered Charity No: 1074030
The Foundation was established by Lady Meriel (Mu) Richardson after the untimely death of the Richardsons' only son, Charles, to relieve the need, hardship or distress of British actors and actresses who have professionally practised or contributed to the Theatrical Arts (on stage, film, television or radio) and their spouses and children.
It was Lady Richardson's wish that the assets and collections which had been put together by Sir Ralph and herself should be sold for the benefit of the Foundation so that, with the help of donations and the ongoing royalties from their work, a meaningful fund could be established and maintained.
The Foundation has made grants for wheelchairs, for hospital treatment, residential care, surgeons fees, medication and a variety of short term help to a large number of those seeking assistance. An applicant's request for a grant, (with a CV and letters in support) is assessed on its merit in light of the objects of the Foundation. A majority of the Trustees is required for approval of every application. Applicants must have been active in the profession for a minimum of 15 years, save in exceptional circumstances.
The Foundation is entitled to reclaim income tax on all donations. If the donor is a higher rate tax payer, he/she will get a higher rate of tax relief. A Gift Aid Declaration can be provided on request. Gifts made by Will are an important source of income for the Foundation. Legacies are welcome no matter how large or small. They may be contained in a new Will, or by just making a Codicil to an existing Will. All gifts and bequests are now wholly exempt from Inheritance Tax and details are available on request.
The Ralph & Meriel Richardson Foundation is a limited liability company registered in England and Wales Number 3674554
Phone: 07899 551 145
Address for Correspondence and Registered Office:
c/o Howard Kennedy,
No. 1 London Bridge,
London, SE1 9BG