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Benedict Cumberbatch donates David Bowie T-shirt in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer

Published 17/08/2016

Benedict Cumberbatch's T-shirt will be raffled off in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer
Benedict Cumberbatch's T-shirt will be raffled off in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has donated a T-shirt he wore on stage in Hamlet to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

The David Bowie T-shirt will be raffled off in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer, a charity that raises funds for research projects.

Cumberbatch was introduced to the charity by Coronation Street actress Morag Siller, who joined him on stage during the production and who died of breast cancer earlier this year.

Cumberbatch said: "Morag was my friend and colleague during our production of Hamlet. A no-nonsense Scot with a heart of gold and a wicked sense of humour, Morag was an amazing woman who myself and everyone knew too briefly. However, in that time it was immediately obvious she was a great actress, great company and a great friend.

"She was mischievous, funny and always on the look-out for getting the best out of every moment. She cared so much about other people and was doing things to help others right up until her last moment. She was such a good soul who is so dearly missed by all that were lucky enough to know her.

"Please help give her the legacy she deserves by raising as much as we can for the charity that she so dearly loved and who cared for and supported her so brilliantly."

The online raffle allows fans to purchase an unlimited number of tickets for £1 each until September 9.

The winner will be drawn on September 16 and all funds will go to Prevent Breast Cancer, formerly known as Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.

Nikki Barraclough, executive director at Prevent Breast Cancer, said: "We're extremely honoured that Benedict is backing our fight to protect future generations from breast cancer and we're looking forward to welcoming a new wave of supporters thanks to his contribution.

"One in nine women and one in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and, sadly, 22% will lose their battle with the disease. Our charity relies solely on donations, so fundraising activities like this are vital if we're to continue on our journey to creating a world where no individual will ever have to suffer from breast cancer."

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