[Richard Attenborough [Lord Attenborough], British film actor and director.] Typed Letter Signed to Mr and Mrs Allchild, thanking them for their donation to the Actors’ Orphanage Fund.

Richard Attenborough [Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough; Lord Attenborough] (1923-2014), British film actor, director and producer [The Actors’ Orphanage Fund, London]
Publication details: 
29 March 1956. On letterhead of the Actors’ Orphanage Fund, 32 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1.
SKU: 25352

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice for postage. The letterhead is somewhat striking, with a band of green printed along the top, and the charity’s logo featuring prominently. The names of many officers and committe members are printed down the left-hand margin, headed by President Noel Coward, and including ‘Miss Gladys Cooper’, ‘Dame Edith Evans’, ‘Lady Du Maurier’, ‘Sir Laurence Olivier’, ‘Mr. Michael Redgrave’, ‘Mr. Jack Hawkins’ and ‘Mr. Kenneth More’. Attenborough features both as Hon. Treasurer and the first-listed member of the ‘Executive Committee for 1955/56’. The letter features a nice example of Attenborough’s tangled signature. He thanks the Allchilds for their ‘great generosity to our Fund in donating this wonderful cheque’, explaining that the Fund is ‘greatly dependent upon kindnesses such as yours in order to be able to support these children who have no homes of their own’. He is sure that ‘Mr. Henson’ (the comedian Leslie Henson, one of the Vice-Presidents) will have already thanked them, ‘but this letter comes at the special request of the Executive Committee to tell you just how deeply appreciative we are’. See Image.