Benedict Cumberbatch 'monitoring progress' of Ukrainian refugees on way to stay in his home

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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 26/04/2022

- 16:59

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:00

The British actor has signed up for the Homes For Ukraine scheme but the family is yet to arrive yet

Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken out about welcoming a Ukrainian family into his home.

The British actor, 45, has signed up for the Homes For Ukraine scheme but the family is yet to arrive yet.

Mr Cumberbatch said he was “monitoring their progress every day”, adding that he was able to “give them some stability after the turmoil that they’ve experienced”.

Speaking at a London photocall for his new film, Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, he said: “They’ve made it out of Ukraine (the family), but I’m monitoring their progress every day.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
Ian West

FILE PHOTO: A refugee woman from Ukraine receives food in a tent at a donation collection point organised by Dresden's Ukrainian Catholic parish, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Dresden, Germany, March 27, 2022. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel/File Photo
Mr Cumberbatch signed up for the Homes For Ukraine

“Sadly they’re undergoing some medical treatment at the moment – to say anything more about that would be an invasion of their privacy, and too much about when they’re coming and how that’s being managed would invade mine.

“But I want to give them some stability after the turmoil that they’ve experienced, and that’s within my home.

“And then, from outside, I’ve been trying to help other Ukrainian families and nationals that are UK citizens, to house their extended families en masse, which is very costly."

He continued: “So I’ve been trying to help out with that financially in a couple of instances and working through a wonderful charity called Refugees At Home, which is a great gateway to the Government scheme.

"But also to offering further and wider support that’s needed for the psychological trauma that these people are suffering from, that they are coming into our homes with and that we’ll need further help with.

“However gentle and generous and welcoming we are as hosts, we don’t have the skills of the mental health profession to necessarily deal with those.

“I would urge people to seek out further help to bolster their efforts and people are doing an amazing amount.

“It makes me very proud of our country and very proud of what we can be at our best as a human race.”

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