Crowded House’s ‘Help Is Coming’ release aids Syrian refugees

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Benedict Cumberbatch makes ’emotional’ appeal to Hamlet audience to help refugeesBenedict Cumberbatch used his sold-out theatre run of Hamlet to bring attention to the current refugee crisis — and raised thousands of pounds in the process.The re-issue of the Crowded House song Help Is Coming has been edited to feature footage from the camps around Europe and highlights the plight of thousands fleeing Syria. ‘No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.London – British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is fronting the release of a charity single to raise money for the rising wave of refugees reaching Europe’s shores from Syria and other nations, seeking safety from war and persecution. Following his performance at the Barbican in London on Thursday evening, Cumberbatch stepped forward, reportedly while the audience were still applauding, to urge the audience to donate to cash to help alleviate the ongoing crisis.

Cumberbatch, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film “The Imitation Game”, has recorded a video message for the re-issue of a 20-year-old song by Australian band Crowded House called “Help Is Coming”. You have to understand that no one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land,’ the Sherlock star says. ‘As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming’ All proceeds will go to Save The Children and the single is available to download from iTunes now. More than 380,000 refugees, about half of them Syrians fleeing civil war, have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, a figure “expected to continue rising rapidly over the coming weeks and months”, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. Neil Finn, lead singer of Crowded House, has waived his royalties to the song which was written about migrants crossing the Atlantic to begin a new life in America. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week that Britain would take 20 000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, prioritising women and children from refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

But more than 100 leading British cultural figures, including Cumberbatch, sculptor Anish Kapoor, and actors Keira Knightley and Colin Firth released a statement on Friday calling for Britain to take more refugees and saying the government’s response to the refugee crisis has been “too little, too late”. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles.

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