Generous fans honour Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday by fundraising for The Prince's Trust.
Each year, the fan group 'Cumberbatchweb' encourages Benedict's fans to donate to a charity of his choice on his birthday, rather than sending a gift or a card.
This year, at Benedict’s request, Cumberbatchweb raised funds for The Prince’s Trust, in celebration of him turning 38 on the 19th July.
Benedict’s birthday fundraisers have raised over £36,000 in the last three years, and his fans helped him to raise over £20,000 when he took part in The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace bike ride in 2012.
Prince's Trust Ambassador Benedict Cumberbatch says:
"I'm so proud of my fans and the importance they've seen in helping a cause I am so fervently enthralled to.
"I've been incredibly fortunate over the years. I always knew that I wanted to work as an actor and have been extremely lucky to get to where I am today. It hasn't been without hard work and determination, but a key ingredient to anyone's self-confidence and personal success, is the support and guidance that comes from having a role model. I also know that many young people don't have such opportunities.
With no role model, life can be daunting and self-esteem can drop making it harder to ask for help.
Help The Trust help more young people
Prince's Trust programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. We help develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.
This year we aim to support a further 58,000 young people. Their potential is unlimited. Our resources are not.