Chelsea and BAFTA to honour Lord Richard Attenborough at Stamford Bridge

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Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club, and BAFTA are partnering to aid the Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust.

Award-winning actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough was president of both BAFTA and Chelsea, and a life-long supporter of the club up until his death in 2014, aged 90.

Held on the evening of 20 October, a star-studded guest list from film to football will come together. Celebrities include his younger brother and legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, Dame Penelope Wilton, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Roger Taylor and sporting greats including Bobby Tambling, Frank Leboeuf, Paul Elliott, Tore Andre Flo, Terry Venables and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald will host the show with the award-winning West End show Jersey Boys providing the entertainment.

The main event, held inside the Great Hall, will see the 1,400sqm blank canvas space transformed into a glittering red-carpet gala with elegant table settings and dramatic lighting. A range of Lord Attenborough’s awards will be on display during the evening, including BAFTAs, Oscars and Golden Globes.

The evening will also include an auction of once-in-a-lifetime prizes, giving bidders the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the 2017 BAFTA Film Awards, the chance to be Chairman for the day at a Chelsea FC home match and VIP access to a London film premiere to raise funds for the Charitable Foundation.

Simon Hunter, head of venue and brand at Stamford Bridge said: “The venue team has worked tirelessly to create an event that oozes style and befits one of the greatest award-winning film legends of our time. It will be an incredible showcase of our versatile event space here at Stamford Bridge.”

Michael Attenborough added: “I’m thrilled that BAFTA and Chelsea Football Club are putting on an event which brings together two of my father’s greatest passions. It will be wonderful to see many of his friends present to help celebrate his life. I am determined that his legacy should continue his massive contribution to people’s lives, so every penny raised on the night will go towards the charitable causes he supported via The Richard Attenborough Charitable Trust.”

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA concluded: “Everyone has their own personal memories of Lord Attenborough, mine are of a genuinely wonderful man, a talented actor, producer and director, who was an inspiration to all who met him. I’m thrilled that the worlds of film, television and football are coming together for a very special tribute to a true icon of the creative industries.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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