Russell Brand Stages Benefit Show For Anti-drugs Charity

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September 6, 2012 | 3:56am EST

British funnyman Russell Brand has raised $12,000 for an anti-drugs charity by staging a special stand-up show.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star fought substance abuse and alcohol addiction for many years, but turned his back on drugs in 2002.
Brand serves as a patron for Focus 12, an organisation which provides rehabilitation support in Bury St Edmunds, east England, and he headed to the market town on Wednesday night for a show to raise funds for the organisation.
Ticket sales for the gig, which Brand only agreed to on Monday, have raised around $12,000 for the charity, and chief executive Chip Somers says, “It was completely unexpected – we’re absolutely thrilled.
“(The money raised) puts at least two people through the full 10-week detox and residential program and in the process hopefully helps several families that are affected by those two people’s behaviour.”
Brand became a patron of the charity after previously completing the Focus 12 program.