The Wayne Sleep Foundation
The Wayne Sleep Foundation provides scholarships for talented youngsters to further their training in all areas of theatre and dance and give them a chance to realise their dreams. Wayne explains how the fund was launched…
“The charity came about around the time of Princess Diana’s funeral. I gave many interviews to say what she had meant to us all in her support of dance and her passion for it. As time went by, and although I felt that I had said everything there was to say, insistent requests for even more interviews kept coming from the media. I declined. Then they said that they would pay. That gave me the idea of using the money to start a Scholarship fund to enable dancers to further their training.
“On the 19 July 1998, The Wayne Sleep Dance Scholarship was launched at a gala evening at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London to celebrate my 50th birthday. The Charity, formally registered on 15 July 1998, aims to raise funds to provide scholarships for talented students to further their training in all aspects of theatre and dance.
“Now re-named The Wayne Sleep Foundation, it brings in money from performances that I have both directed and appeared in as well as from patrons and donations from kind people who care about the future of gifted youngsters in this country. Awards have been given to budding artists, but to endow more full scholarships we need to raise the necessary capital. Contributions will be most gratefully received and will go towards making dreams come true.”
Charity Registered in England No 1070547