Benedict Cumberbatch on welcoming a Ukrainian family into their home
- Benedict Cumberbatch says he is welcoming a Ukrainian family into his home.
- The ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’ actor first announced his plans in March.
- “I want to give them some stability after the turmoil they’ve been through,” he said.
Benedict Cumberbatch said he was taking in a Ukrainian refugee family to stay in his home.
Speaking at a photocall in London for ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’, the Marvel star announced that the family he is hosting have been ‘moved out of Ukraine’ and he is ‘monitoring their progress each day”.
“Unfortunately they are undergoing medical treatment – to say more about that would be an invasion of their privacy and too much about when they arrive and how it is handled would invade mine,” he said. “But I want to give them some stability after the turmoil they’ve been through, and that’s my home.”
Cumberbatch also revealed that he helps other families with the cost of their accommodation in the UK.
“I’ve tried to help other Ukrainian families – British nationals – to house their extended families en masse, which they want to do, but it’s very expensive,” he continued. “So I tried to help financially in a few cases.”
The actor explained that he worked with the charity organization Refugees at Homewhich serves as a “great gateway” to the British government’s Homes for Ukraine programme.
Refugees at Home also provides mental health support to Ukrainians on the run. “As gentle and generous and welcoming as we are as hosts, we don’t have the skills of mental health professionals to necessarily deal with these things,” he explained.
Cumberbatch previously announced plans to house a family at the 75th British Academy Film Awards in March.
“We all need to do more than wear a badge. We need to donate, we need to pressure our politicians to continue to create some kind of safety for refugees and a haven for people who are suffering,” said- he declared.
“Everyone has to do their best…there has been a record number of people volunteering to take people into their homes, I hope to be part of that myself,” he said. added.
Cumberbatch was followed by BBC presenter and former England footballer Gary Lineker, who previously opened his home to a Syrian refugee in 2020.
Responding to criticism of The Reclaim Party on Twitter, Lineker declared which he “will continue to host” and described Refugees at Home as “incredible”.