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Tom Hardy calls for donations to save charity

Actor Tom Hardy has urged his fans to donate to a homeless charity in his native U.K. to save it from closure.

The Bronson star is a patron of FLACK Cambridge, which helps the homeless, but the organization will fold unless it raises $72,000 by Thursday (05Jan12).

Hardy, who has previously suffered addiction issues, has set up an online fundraising page, and he's calling on his followers to boost the cause.

In an accompanying post, he writes, "I am appealing to you on their behalf to donate just £2 each... to help FLACK keep on doing its vital, inspiring work with homeless people. I've been supporting FLACK since it first started and now I'm asking you to help me to help them.

"I learned about the challenges faced by the homeless community in Cambridge when I starred in the film Stuart: A Life Backwards which was a pivotal role in my career.

"Homelessness impacts people for life and in many cases causes mental health problems and drug and alcohol addictions. It's a cause that means a hell of a lot to me personally as I know from my own experience how tough it is to battle addiction."

As an incentive to donate, Hardy is offering up signed memorabilia, adding, "Here's my offer to you: every £2 donation will receive a personal thank you message from me and entry into a prize draw to win signed Tom Hardy goodies."