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The Prize

Benedict Cumberbatch has starred in everything an actor dreams of, from TV to film and theatre. He rose to mainstream fame with his role in Sherlock and has since appeared in numerous blockbuster movies.

He has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor as well as an Emmy award and three other Emmy nominations. He has also been nominated for six BAFTAs and two Golden Globe Awards. He has supported the charity for four years, donating since 2014. Last year, his Tod’s black leather shoes were the highest in the auction, raising £4501 for children living on rubbish dumps!


  • Adidas white and red Stan Smith trainers
  • Leather
  • UK 11
  • Signed on the inner sides of both shoes


(Photo Credit: I Heart Studios)

The Cause

Small Steps Project is a UK charity that wants to inspire everyone to take a small step, because together it is possible to make a difference.

From people volunteering their skills and attending their events, to companies donating their products and services, Small Steps raises funds that go to those who need it most. First, they provide emergency aid, shoes and food to children and communities living on municipal rubbish dumps around the world. Then they provide support for children to take steps into education, and adults into employment.

They deliver their projects in two phases. In the first phase they deliver emergency aid distribution projects, providing items that will protect people from the immediate dangers on rubbish dumps—from shoes, gloves and clothing to mosquito nets, food and water. This enables them to establish the demographics of the dump and devise and implement the second phase of sustainable projects that aims to reduce the time children spend on dumps and support them in taking small steps into education.

Small Steps Project makes documentary films and organises campaigns, such as Celebrity Shoe Auctions, to boost awareness and raise funds for this huge, but often overlooked, global situation.

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