Birthday Fundraising Project 2015
In 2015 the Ken-Friends celebrated Kenneth Branagh's 55th birthday with a donation of $3,200 US, raised to support students from Northern Ireland under The William & Frances Branagh Memorial Award at the Royal Aacademy of Dramatic Art (RADA). The Ken-Friends total contribution to RADA over the years has amounted to $42,526, with $39,047 going to the Branagh bursary.

Here is Kenneth Branagh's thank-you:

Happy New Year to all Ken Friends!

In the year in which I was honoured to be invited to join RADA as its President, it was particularly touching to witness once again your astonishing generosity on my birthday.

My very very grateful thanks for this magnificent contribution. The training of RADA students, (I can say very confidently having auditoned so many for our London season), is truly exceptional, and the Ken Friends make more of that available to even more with this incredible sum. Thank you so much.

That so many of you laid out yet more of your hard earned cash to see our work at the Garrick was really something. This season could not exist without you, and I hope that on stage or screen across this next year, you will enjoy the work to come.

I wish you all great happiness and health through 2016 and beyond, and I thank you once again for honouring my parents and my alma mater with such staggering generosity.

From across the footlights at the bottom of the Charing Cross Road,

Sincerely,

Your Friend,

Ken.


Since 1998 the Ken-Friends have have donated a grand total of $85,600 to Kenneth Branagh's charities/organisations. Not a bad accomplishment for our small "band of brothers".


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