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Benedict Cumberbatch donates 12k to help buy hospital scrubs

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Benedict Cumberbatch has donated £12,000 to buy hospital scrubs.

The generous star got in touch with Savile Row tailor Emma Willis after she launched her Style For Surgeons initiative in April to make scrubs for NHS staff in the UK amid the Covid-19 pandemic and he offered to chip in to help her reach her target.

Emma - who previously fitted Benedict, 44, for shirts onscreen and for his wedding to Sophie Hunter in 2015 - told the Daily Mail's Eden Confidential column: "It was so great. I got a call from him out of the blue saying: 'It's Benedict, I'm in New Zealand'.

"He said: 'I've heard about your Style For Surgeons and I would love to get involved. What can I do?' I said: 'We're aiming to raise £30,000 and we've got £12,000 more to raise to cover the cost of the fabric, and we're covering the cost of the making of them.' He said: 'Count it done,' and transferred the rest of the money."

Cumberbatch was in New Zealand filming Netflix drama 'The Power Of The Dog' when lockdown happened.

Emma added: "He obviously felt a real need to support. We do ongoing work with him and there's also something in the pipeline.

'I think people, like Benedict, who use their influence and fame to support important causes are wonderful. They see how they can help people through their fame in such a positive way."

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