Benedict Cumberbatch Appears in Short Film to Raise Money for Refugees

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has appeared in a short film to raise money for children affected by the refugee crisis on behalf of charity Save the Children.

The film, titled Help is Coming, was released on Thursday evening and is timed to coincide with the release of a reissued download of Crowded House's song of the same name in an effort to raise money for the charity.

Cumberbatch introduces the film by reciting a short poem titled Home by Warsan Shire, a Kenyan-born poet who came to the U.K. as a child.

Cumberbatch, who was recorded in a dressing room in the Barbican where he is currently starring in a theatre production of Hamlet, then says: "As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming."

After his speech, the five minute film is accompanied by a song by Mat Whitecross—which is being reissued as part of efforts to raise money—and features interviews with children fleeing from Syria along with footage of boats arriving in Europe.

The project is the brainchild of journalist Caitlin Moran and partner Pete Paphides after they were reportedly moved to action by the image of three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, whose body was found on a Turkish beach earlier in September.

Moran, who said she was both "saddened and angered last week" by the image of Aylan, decided to set up a Facebook group to inform people about the project. After a few hours of being inundated with support, the couple decided to put the film together.

All proceeds donated will go to Save the Children who told the Telegraph newspaper that money raised would be used to provide help along the route that refugees take from Syria through to Greece, Italy to eventually end up in the U.K. It will also be used to provide food, safe water, medicine and shelter and psychological support for refugees in camps across Europe, according to Help Is Coming website.