Wow! Benedict Cumberbatch's fans raise over $11,000 for charity in honor of his birthday.

(Photo credit goes to Deareje)

Whether you're a fan of Benedict or not, I thought that it would be nice to share this heartwarming news. :)

Six weeks ago the unofficial fansite, CumberbatchWeb started a donation drive for the Teenage Cancer Trust in honor of Benedict's birthday. Originally hoping to raise 250 pounds, fans rallied together and surpassed it by thousands!

The fundraiser was set up without his knowledge, but Benedict was told about it last week when the site owner met him during his WWI Poetry reading at Cheltenham Music Festival. He didn't find out about the sum until today.

The website's tumblr has posted the following message:

"In case you missed it on twitter Benedict has kindly sent a thank you message via his friend for the fundraising.

Benedict said:

“The amount of effort, love, joy and celebration as well as money raised! I’m speechless. Pls pass on my love and gratitude. Thank you!! Bx”

Really incredibly sweet of him to take the time to do that.

And the collection now stands at over £7000! Thank you so so much to everyone who contributed. I never could have imagined in a million years that Benedict’s wonderful fans would raise so much!"

ETA: It's made it to Radio Times!

I'm also including a video interview which was made during the festival. In it, he gives some information about Parade's End as well as his part in 12 Years A slave.

Happy birthday Mr. Cumberbatch!