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Benedict Cumberbatch Takes "Ice Bucket Challenge" To New Level

Aug 22 2014, 8:26pm CDT | by , in News

Benedict Cumberbatch Takes "Ice Bucket Challenge" To New Level
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The Brit Star is nominated five times for the challenge.

Nominated by Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to an interesting level for supporters of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research to see in his five drenching hits in his youtube video.  Cumberbatch then nominated Harvey Weinstein, Kylie Minogue and race car driver Lewis Hamilton.

"I've been nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge by Tom Hiddleston," Cumberbatch, 38, told fans. "Please text and donate generously and… bring a bucket."

Cumberbatch was nominated by five people, including his longtime friend Tom Hiddleston, and had not completed the Ice Bucket Challenge.  His agent had assured anxious fans that it would be done as soon as the British actor had some spare time in his busy schedule. The 38-year-old "Sherlock" star went above and beyond and responded to each one of the challenges separately in a two minute video, he even got naked to the delight of the “Cumberbitches,” as his loyal followers call themselves.

Started by an ALS sufferer, Pete Frates, the campaign aims to bring awareness and raise funds to help find a cure for the debilitating disease. Those nominated to take the challenge must either donate money and/or dump a bucket full of ice water over their head and nominate three additional people.

As of Friday, August 22nd, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $53.3 million in donations compared to the $2.2 million it raised during the same time frame in 2013. The donations to The ALS Association have poured in from previously existing, and, a whopping 1.1 million new donors.

"We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative."

"While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible,” said Newhouse, “the visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight to find treatments and a cure for ALS."

 

X-Men star, Sir Patrick Stewart, also completed the task in the most-classy manner -- by donating an undisclosed amount by writing a personal check in his video and then pouring himself an ice-cold drink.

Other celebrities to have taken part include Sarah Jessica Parker, David and Victoria Beckham, Justin Bieber , Kerry Washington and Chris Pratt.

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