As fans of Alfie we are aware of his work with various charities, most notably Nordoff Robbins and Trinity Hospice. However, Alfie Boe’s charity work also includes the TF Willetts Foundation, of which he is a patron, alongside Dame Shirley Bassey.
The foundation is named after Thomas Frederick Willetts, music director of a church in Treharris, South Wales, where he served the local community for many years, prior to his death in 2007. Following his death, the foundation was set up to encourage young people to explore the arts through a range of projects aimed at building the community. As Alfie himself says, “music can change and transform communities, empowering all who participate. It’s great to be part of a charity which is working to make a difference”. The foundation now supports over 2,500 young people through a number of community centred outreach initiatives.
One of Willetts’ guiding principles throughout his life was that each one of us is an artist in some form; whether it be a singer, musician, an artist, baker, or rugby player. Each person in any given community is a creative being and given the chance, can give off their own unique light that works towards a common community driven success. With this in mind, the current TF Willetts fundraising campaign is called Life in the Light: 1000 Points of Light which seeks to raise £50,000 to help fund a new arts centre at the heart of the Light Project. If you can help them reach their target, watch this to see where your money will go:
To find out more about TF Willetts Foundation, click here.
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