The charity set up in the name of late Prestwich-born comedian Victoria Wood has highlighted the creative projects it has helped seven years after her death, adding to her legacy.

Wood, who wrote and starred in television programmes such as Victoria Wood: As seen on TV, and Dinnerladies, died aged 62 on April 20, 2016 after suffering with cancer.

Following her death, The Victoria Wood Foundation, formerly known as The Victoria Wood Charitable Trust, was established and works to support the arts. 

And in the last 24 hours, the organisation has been looking back at the work it has achieved since Wood died, singling out the creative bodies it has supported.

Remembering the work the charity has done in previous years, the charity said on social media: "The Victoria Wood Foundation was set up after the death of Victoria in April 2016.

"In the past seven years, we are proud to have supported many fantastic charities within the arts.

"In 2018, we were delighted to support the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester with funding for the extension of Hallé St Peter's.

"The largest hall in the new building is named The Victoria Wood Hall and was officially opened last week by the Duchess of Edinburgh.

"In 2019, we supported Jacksons Lane, a wonderful creative hub in North London, with a new passenger lift to make the building and its diverse cultural program more physically accessible to all.

"In 2020, we supported Read for Good's mission to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK by providing them with a regular supply of brand new books along with storyteller visits.

"In 2021, we were pleased to support the bursary programme at Rehearsal Orchestra, which offers fully-funded places on their weekend courses for conservatoire students and recent graduates across all sections of orchestra.

"Also in 2021, we proudly supported Bath Mind with the production of a documentary short about mental health, The Light Inside.

"And in 2022, we were delighted to support One Tenth Human's innovative arts-science workshops.

"These interactive workshops offered unique opportunities to children in Morecambe Bay to explore stories and scientific principles via movement, drama and music."

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In June 2008, Wood, who studied at Bury Grammar School, was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for for her services to entertainment as a TV comedian, a writer, pianist and actress. 

And in May 2019, a bronze statue of Wood was unveiled at Library Gardens in Bury, cementing her standing as one of the town's most successful ever figures.

Bury Times: The statue of Victoria WoodThe statue of Victoria Wood (Image: Public)

On social media this morning, Thursday, the foundation added: "Today (Thursday), we remember Victoria Wood.

"Thanks to her generosity, we are able to continue supporting so many wonderful charities within the arts."

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