Singer’s let­ter back with ra­dio char­ity – 33 years af­ter it was writ­ten

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A let­ter writ­ten by Dame Vera Lynn was due to be auc­tioned be­fore a Maid­stone char­ity added it to its ar­chive.

The singer wrote the let­ter in 1973 in re­sponse to a fundrais­ing ap­peal by the Bri­tish Wire­less for the Blind Fund (BWBF).

Af­ter the seller dropped their price the BWBF was able to buy the let­ter back.

Dame Vera, who is re­leas­ing an al­bum this month to cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day on Mon­day, is­sued an ap­peal for funds for the char­ity in the 1970s. The let­ter, which is on Bri­tish Wire­less headed pa­per, reads: “Thank you so much for your kind gift in re­sponse to my ap­peal.

“Your kind­ness will bring plea­sure to some blind per­son who will be as grate­ful as I am for your gen­eros­ity this Christ­mas.

“All best wishes for 1974. Yours Vera Lynn.”

The seller, a book col­lec­tor, told the BWBF she bought the let­ter about 30 years ago at an auc­tion in Brighton.

Her grand­son had sug­gested plac­ing the let­ter on eBay and later re­alised the char­ity was still pro­vid­ing ra­dios to peo­ple with sight loss.

BWBF CEO Mar­garet Grainger said: “We’re de­lighted to have this won­der­ful let­ter to add to our col­lec­tion.

“With such a long and proud his­tory of sup­port­ing blind peo­ple around the coun­try, it’s great to be re­minded of past ap­peals.

“It’s lovely to have a link to Dame Vera Lynn, and es­pe­cially to dis­cover the let­ter at this time when she is pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate such a mile­stone birth­day.

“We’d like to say thank you to the seller for let­ting us have it at a re­duced price.”

The let­ter writ­ten by Vera Lynn more than 33 years ago

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