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The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust was set up in 2008 to support good causes in memory of one of Britain’s greatest comedians.

Our aim is to honour his life and work by helping deserving groups and individuals with special projects or simply to carry on their day-to-day activities.

Charities that have already benefited from such events include:

Children’s Hospice South West

Weston Hospicecare
St John Ambulance
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
National Gardens Scheme
Local schools
MS Therapy Centre
SWORD fund for war veterans

The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust aims to continue to help those in need by collecting, administering and distributing money raised in the following ways:

a) Fundraising activities organised by individuals and groups

b) Donations from fans of Frankie Howerd

c) Donations from organisations which use Frankie Howerd’s work

d) Donations from individuals, groups, businesses and charitable organisations

We hope this will be a lasting memorial to Frankie, who was tireless in his own efforts to raise money for local charities and devoted his life to making others smile.

GETTING ON FAMOUSLY Actor Sir Ian McKellen, pictured with Dennis Heymer during his visit to Wavering Down House


We are delighted to have the support of five wonderful celebrities as Patrons of The Frankie Howerd OBE Trust.

David Walliams OBE and Rafe Spall also visited the house as part of their research for a BBC 4 play, Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me, about the comedian’s private life.