Doncaster Rovers’ co-owner Terry Bramall has been awarded a top honour by Prince Charles for his services to the arts.
Mr Bramall and his wife Liz have been awarded the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy following a nomination from the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, supported by Opera North, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre and musician Kathryn Stott, announced that the couple had been awarded the honour for the significant support that The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation gives to organisations and artists across Yorkshire.
Their generosity was recognised at a lunchtime ceremony held at St James’s Palace where His Royal Highness presented five medals for Arts Philanthropy this year.
West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining said: “The Bramalls have been key supporters of the work of West Yorkshire Playhouse for the past few years, but the recent increase in their sustained support has been absolutely crucial in enabling us to develop our programme for a whole range of different kinds of people across West Yorkshire.
“The portfolio of activities we run now, with the support of The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation includes older people, a new community ambassadors and touring scheme, young people with learning disabilities, our Theatre of Sanctuary programme (working with refugees and asylum seekers), emerging theatre artists, a graduate actors scheme and work with and for people living with dementia. We are enormously grateful for their continued support which is genuinely living changing for hundreds of people in Leeds and further afield.”
The couple started The Bramall Foundation seven years ago with their two daughters Suzannah and Rebecca. One of the primary aims of the Bramall Foundation is to support projects that help to create opportunities for communities and individuals with a particular emphasis on the Bramall’s home county of Yorkshire. Over the years the list of arts organisations which have benefited from their gifts is extensive and ranges from West Yorkshire Playhouse, Opera North and Northern Ballet to The Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, Harrogate Choral Society and Phoenix Dance Theatre.
Mr Bramall said: “We are extremely honoured to have received the Prince of Wales Medal.
“The creative industries play a vital role in the fabric of any community, providing not only the chance to escape to wonderful worlds but also to meet new people, have new experiences and grow in confidence. “We have supported organisations to reach out as widely as possible to vastly different communities who may not otherwise have the opportunity to access the arts. It has been a pleasure to fund and bolster the already fantastic work that companies like West Yorkshire Playhouse do in their communities, with young and old people alike, to help develop new projects and to seek out new talent to ensure the future of this kind of work. This medal may recognise the work we do but it is our job to recognise the work of those people we gladly support.”