Why Toby Stephens should be proud of his fans

One of the things that quite amaze me is how fandoms pull together not just for themselves and the object of their appreciation, but for other people. For instance, the Richard Armitage fandom has (at time of writing) raised an impressive £11,234.07 in a year to the four charities officially supported by him on JustGiving. That’s a lot of money.

Toby Stephens. You might know him as Mr. Rochester
with the gravity-defying hair. Swoon!

More recently, I joined a Toby Stephens fan forum and in April, we all got an email notification about his birthday. In celebration of it, the fanforum have an annual event called a Tobathon in his honour. First, I thought this was some sort of massive Toby Stephens movie marathon, but no. It’s way more impressive than that. Here’s what (part of) the email said:

‘Oldies’ will also know that every year at this time we have what has become known as the Tobathon : a virtual fun run/walk/hobble where we all get out in the sunshine and complete 5k (or thereabouts) to raise funds for either Great Ormond Street or, this year, for LAMDA : our way of wishing the boy a Very Happy Birthday.

How great is that!?

Both Richard Armitage and Toby Stephens have very kind and charitable fans, and I think both should be applauded. I hope they’re proud of us. 🙂 It’s one thing to give donations to a good cause, but to volunteer to do a 5 km fun run to raise money … it’s very impressive. Kudos to you, ladies! £1,393.82 has been raised so far.

To support the Tobathon 2011 fundraising, please see these JustGiving pages: LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Fund for Baby Kura and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Now where did I put my credit card …

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