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Tom was a talented actor, who had recently graduated from East 15 with a first class degree, when he suddenly passed away in 2014. Each year we award £500 to an actor in their last year of the East 15 Contemporary Drama course based on a cabaret performance that the students put on as part of their final year program. We have given 5 awards to date and awardees have gone on to do great things. The Tom Bennett Cabaret is typically held in December at Camden People's Theatre in London. We hope to keep the award running for years to come to help more actors and keep Tom's memory alive.
We have been accepting donations to the Tom Bennett Fund by friends and family through the University of Essex since setting up the award in Tom's memory in 2014. This crowdfunding site has been set up by Georgie Bennett, Tom's sister, to receive donations specifically from wedding guests at her upcoming wedding to Nans Addor on 22nd June 2019. If anyone would like to receive updates about the award on an annual basis or attend the cabaret evening, do let Georgie know.