Step Forward With Gandalf.
Last week saw two major things happen for veteran movie star Sir Ian McKellen.
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He went public with a seven year battle with prostate cancer as well as attending the UK Premier and Royal Screening of his latest movie venture The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey. And as of tomorrow – December 21st - the 73 year old will be attending an exclusive fundraiser and Q&A screening of The Hobbit at the Genesis Cinema in support of the East End charity Step Forward.
Step Forward is a charity which provides counselling and support services to young people which aim to provide them support in a number of ways from difficulties at school or home, dealing with stress, help with finding a career or work opportunities and looking after you emotional, mental and sexual health.
Sir Ian has been the patron of this charity since 2006 and he is putting his celebrity to good use. Bidding on tickets for this exclusive event of around 40 people finished on Saturday and the lucky winning bidder will have four tickets for the film and the Q&A, a glass of champagne, a signed certificate of thanks as well as a photo op with Gandalf himself.
When talking about the charity Sir Ian said "I am very happy and honoured to be a Patron for Step Forward and support its aim to continue providing essential support services over the coming years. It's obvious to the Patron and the Trustees that we must counter cuts in local services by raising additional money. That is essential."
If you’d like to donate to Step Forwards cause you can here, and you can see Sir Ian in action in The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey in theatres now.
Words Ross Fingland