Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dominic West are among the celebrities and public figures who have pledged to sponsor lone child refugees in the Calais Jungle camp to help reunite them with relatives in the UK.
The well-known figures, who also include X-Files actress Gillian Anderson and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, have signed up to a buddy system to personally help and support unaccompanied children.
The stars have pledged to visit them in Calais or their families in the UK, contribute towards their legal and humanitarian costs and speak out on their behalf.
French president Francois Hollande said on Thursday that unaccompanied child refugees in France who have a claim to seek asylum in Britain should be able to reach the UK quickly.
As bulldozers rolled into the camp and mass evictions began this week, volunteers fear lone children could become lost and scattered across northern France with no humanitarian protection.
George Gabriel, lead organizer at Citizens UK, said: “We’re glad that the president and Prime Minister have finally acknowledged the urgency of this problem.
“That these desperate children cannot be left in the chaos of Calais and should instead be reunited with their loved ones as a matter of the utmost urgency.”
The buddy scheme has been set up between Citizens UK, Help Refugees, Good Chance Calais and Letters Live.
The Sherlock actor has joined Dame Helen, Hugh Laurie and more celebrities in donating clothes to raise money for people who can’t afford to stay warm this winter
Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, Hugh Laurie and more celebrities are auctioning their clothes for charity to raise money for people across the UK struggling to afford to heat their homes or eat properly this winter.
Sherlock fans can bid for Cumberbatch’s Armani cardiga, Laurie’s biker jacket or Mirren’s coat. Of if you’re more into your Saturday night entertainment, a shirt belonging to Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood is also up for grabs as is a trilby from Olly Murs.
Ed Sheeran’s O’Neill jacket, an army coat given to Jeremy Irons on the set of the third Die Hard film and Honor Blackman’s cashmere Ralph Lauren jumper will also be auctioned off, plus a signed Team GB cycling top from six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and an Arsenal jacket from Arsene Wenger.
Helen Mirren said of the Turn2us’ No Cold Homes campaign: “There are so many people who can’t afford the basic essentials like a warm home and food for their families. That’s why the Turn2us No Cold Homes campaign is so important and I’m pleased to play a part in helping more families get the vital help they need this winter.”
The auction will be hosted on eBay from Monday 30th November to Wednesday 9th December 2015. For more information, visit www.turn2us.org.uk/NoColdHomes.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Johhny Depp, guests of tonight’s The Graham Norton Show signed the paws of this bear for the Great Ormond Street Hospital (via GOSH on twitter)
Reblogging to add that the bear is auctioned for the GIVE TO GOSH Appeal Auction to help the Great Ormond Street Hospital “meet some of the hospital’s most urgent needs: research, support for family and patients, cardiac surgery and palliative care. Please remember, for every pound you kindly donate this is doubled by the UK Government.”
Benedict Cumberbatch has warned that London could “lose a vital artistic resource” if his old drama school fails to raise about £3 million to complete its redevelopment.
The Sherlock actor joined other alumni of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, which dates back to 1861, in backing its Act Now! campaign. It has already raised about £25 million towards building two theatres and an education wing, with rehearsal space and a digital suite. Cumberbatch, a patron of the appeal, said he was “thrilled” to see Lamda prepare for the future.
But he added: “Should we fail to seize this opportunity, London will lose a vital artistic resource that nourishes the global performing arts industry, contributes to our economy and enriches our cultural life.” Other alumni of the Barons Court college include Dominic Cooper, David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jim Broadbent.
Broadbent, who won the supporting actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance in Iris, said: “Without Lamda the industry would be poorer.“ Directors and producers know someone who trained at Lamda will come to a production with a grown-up, enthusiastic and collaborative approach — and that’s gold dust in the rehearsal room, on stage or on set.”
Benedict Cumberbatch attends ‘The Children’s Monologues’, Danny Boyle’s production inspired by children from rural South Africa in aid of his charity ‘Dramatic Need’ at Royal Court Theatre on October 25, 2015 in London, England
“ Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the signatories of the letter published in the Guardian” “Sir Anish Kapoor, Jamie Oliver, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Sir Michael Caine, Colin Firth andBenedict Cumberbatch are among a long list of illustrious British names to sign a message published in a full-page advert in Friday’s Guardian. “
(via Save The Children)
Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in East Cowes now has a twinkling prize pot for its Summer Fair raffle and games, along with plans for a celebrity auction, thanks to items donated from Dame Helen and actor Benedict, who married director, writer and actress girlfriend Sophie Hunter at Mottistone Manor on Valentine’s Day and is now reported to have bought a home on the Isle of Wight.
The fair is being held at the school in Millfield Avenue, East Cowes, on Friday 10th July between 15:00 and 17:00. The auction will be held in the autumn.
Other stars who have provided prizes for the school’s fundraising efforts include pop band Blue, who featured in this year’s prestigious VE Day 70th anniversary concert in Horse Guards Parade, London, world-renowned explorer Ranulph Fiennes and glamourous author Jackie Collins.
A signed photograph of The Imitation Game actor Benedict is sure to be a star attraction at the auction, while mums, dads and grandparents can bid for a copy of the Jollywobbles! Car Wash DVD by Justin Fletcher, accompanied by a signed postcard from the Bafta-award winning CBeebies’ presenter.
The Holy Cross Summer Fair will not just let competition entrants reach the heady height of movie and pop stardom, either – the raffle’s star prize is a tandem skydive.
The holder of this winning ticket, worth £240, will get the chance to see the island as they have never seen it before thanks to a prize donated by Skydive Isle of Wight.
A full list of raffle prizes and tickets are available by calling Kirsty Ruth on 07449 101314 or by emailing email@example.com.
“Benedict Cumberbatch has donated this rather spiffing Modalu bag alongside his Gucci sunglasses. It’s signed on the inside, so you can sprinkle the stardust over your friends on a night out, and he’s added in a handwritten note and autographed a pic for your wall. What a legend!”
#Boxathon raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and these items will go up for auction on June 27.
(Signed photo reads “Dear… You have excellent taste and i hope DEEP pocket for an excellent cause. Yours kindly. Thank you.“)
Sophie Hunter (left), Benedict Cumberbatch and Anne, the Princess Royal attending a reception and dinner in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association at Buckingham Palace, London.
Picture date: Tuesday March 10, 2015. See story ROYAL Hawking. Ian West.
**These look more like Michael Jackson’s shoes instead of Benedict’s. But there are his and there are signed by the actor and up for auction in November for Small Steps Project. These are a size 9 in men’s and would be quite the collectors item.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a Small Steps Project Donor, who has kindly signed and donated his shoes to the 2014 Celebrity Shoe Auction, to raise funds for children living on rubbish dumps around the world.
Benedict is a British actor who has starred in classic plays, television and Hollywood films such as Hawking (2004), Sherlock (2010), War Horse (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). This year Benedict won his first Emmy after three nominations for his lead role in Sherlock. He has won and been nominated for several stage and screen acting awards.
These shoes have been worn on numerous red carpet appearances, and have been personally signed for Small Steps Project and you, by Benedict Cumberbatch.
They are black with silver leather, lace up shoes, with sequin embroidery detail. These beautiful shoes are called Louis Vuitton 2010 Spring/Summer ‘Butterfly Richelieu’ shoes.
Brand: Louis Vuitton
Size: Louis Vuitton 9
The Small Steps Celebrity Shoe Auction is the biggest celebrity shoe auction in the world, with the most famous stars taking a step to help children living on rubbish dumps globally. Small Steps Project is a UK registered charity and the only one specifically focused on rubbish dump communities. By bidding on these shoes, not only can you win a piece of pop culture history, but you too can take a small step to help children in poverty. Thanks to Sellebrity Auction 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the charity.
Please note international shipping may be subject to an additional postage fee.
All shoes sent from the UK will be wrapped in a festi wrap provided by Wrag Wrap.
SWOON. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has recreated an iconic moment from Pride And Prejudice, showing off his toned torso to raise money for charity.
The Sherlock star is shown standing in a lake while wearing a white, unbuttoned shirt in an imitation of Colin Firth’s famous scene in the 1995 Pride And Prejudice TV miniseries.
Other photographs in the display feature stars including Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Charlie Hunnam and Jerry Hall. But really, what can beat Cumberbatch?
The exhibition is taking place at London’s La Galleria until Saturday, raising both money and awareness for the Give Up Clothes For Good appeal. People are encouraged to donate their unwanted clothing to retailer TX Maxx so they can be resold in Cancer Research charity shops.
The actor knows how to pull off the Jane Austen character
Benedict Cumberbatch unbuttoned his shirt and got soaking wet in a lake because life is wonderful. Well, actually it was for a “Give Up Clothes for Good” campaign benefiting cancer research, but we get to enjoy the perks of Cumberbatch’s charitable heart.
The actor channeled Mr. Darcy and made everyone forget that anyone else ever looked sexy as the Pride and Prejudice character. Sorry, Colin Firth.
According to Metro UK, TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK are hosting an exhibition featuring this photograph, taken by Jason Bell, as well as other images of actors likeLiam Neeson, Kate Winslet and Elijah Wood. But really, all we need are the outtakes from this BC shoot. Thanks.
Dashing celebrities – all part of photographer Greg Williams’s charity campaign
When the photographer Greg Williams took these pictures, he was looking for one thing: urgency. Gillian Anderson flung off her heels and ran barefoot along the pavement; Idris Elba bolted down a London street; Steve Coogan leapt over a hedge. It was all in aid of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, which launches this autumn.
Williams lost his mother to ovarian cancer in 2008, after three relapses that spanned 19 years. For this project he asked his subjects to sprint towards him “as fast as they can, as if trying to save a life”.
The first person Williams enlisted was his good friend, the actor Tom Hardy, who charged down the road near his house in a dressing gown and boxer shorts. The idea was that, “He could have just been making his breakfast at home and then suddenly it’s this mad call to arms. He drops everything and the most important thing in the world is saving that life,” says Williams.
Other stars soon came forward to support the campaign. Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Anna Friel all took part in a bid to increase awareness. “The quicker we move, the faster we can find cures and help people,” says Williams. “It makes perfect sense really.”
Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 (standuptocancer.org.uk)