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Brad Pitt gate crashes charity event by accident

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Brad Pitt gate crashes charity event by accident

Brad Pitt may be one of Hollywood's biggest film stars but he's shown once again he's a real softie at heart.

While filming scenes for his movie World War Z in the village of Lulworth in Dorset, England, the actor stumbled upon a mum's fundraiser and dipped into his own pockets to donate £700 ($1,075) to the cause - as well as getting the crew to chip in an additional £40 ($62).

If that wasn't generous enough, the 48-year-old heartthrob also promised to send a further donation once back in Hollywood, as a contribution from the rest of the crew.

Organiser Karley Gallagher was raising money for the neo-natal hospital unit that treated her sick son Zachary, who was born with gastroschisis, a type of hernia where the intestines stick outside the body.

But when she heard Brad Pitt was filming elsewhere in the village, she was convinced not a soul would show up to her event as they’d all be too busy star-spotting.

So her friend Tricia Wilson-Hughes, who was helping organise the fundraiser, put the message out to Brad’s people that a charity event was happening close by.

"I asked the security guards if Brad would be kind enough to make a small donation. They then came back with a brown envelope... We couldn't believe it, we were completely in awe," says Tricia.

"What he did for us was just incredible," adds a star-struck Karley. "It was a very generous and sympathetic gesture from him. I was grinning from ear to ear."

Brad, renowned for his philanthropy, has founded a number of organisations with fiancée Angelina Jolie to aid humanitarian causes around the world.

In 2009 the Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated $1 million to the UN and the following year a further $1 million to Doctors Without Borders, an organisation that helped provide emergency medical assistance to victims of the Haiti earthquake.


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