Actor Andy Serkis, AKA Gollum raised £280,000 in an 11 hour Hobbitathon.
Starting at 10am Friday and continuing non stop til 9pm, he performed a live streaming reading of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel to 650,000 watchers.
Using different voices plus his instantly recognisable Gollum character voice, he thrilled listeners throughout the day. With just a couple of toilet breaks and a minute of silence for VE day at 11am he ploughed through the novel.
NHS Charities together and Best beginnings charities will receive equal shares of the funds raised.