Hollywood star Brad Pitt helps baby unit at Southampton General Hospital

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A MUM who is raising money for Southampton's neo natal unit that treated her baby son has been boosted by a huge cash donation – from Hollywood star Brad Pitt.

Karley Gallagher’s little boy Zachary was born with gastroschisis, a type of hernia that causes the intestines to stick out of the body through a defect near the umbilical cord and the same illness which Saints striker Billy Sharp - now on loan at Nottingham Forest - campaigns to raise awareness of, after his baby son died last year.

Zachary spent his first weeks in intensive care at Southampton General Hospital.

At the weekend Karley organised a fundraising event at Lulworth, Dorset, where she lives.

But on the same day, Pitt was filming his latest movie in the village.

Worried that his presence might detract from the charity day, owner of the Gift Shop cafe, Tricia Wilson-Hughes had a word with two of the star’s security guards.

Later they came back with an envelope full of money – more than £700 of it. “I was totally gobsmacked,” said Tricia.

“I just couldn’t believe it. They were just so generous. I thought they were going to give me £50 or something.”

She added: “Brad also signed some postcards for us to sell for the fund.

He also promised to order a whip round of the film crew and send a donation from Los Angeles. It’s amazing.”

Tricia phoned Karley, who came running down to the shop.

Karley said: “I was grinning from ear to ear. I think she was in shock. What he did for us was incredible.”

She added that Zach’s middle name was Benjamin – after the film Benjamin Button, which starred Pitt.

Zachary, Karley’s only child, weighed 5lb 4ozs when he was born.

“He was born at 36 weeks, then he was kept in intensive care for nine weeks.

“We nearly lost him numerous times. Without the neonatal team he would have died. We wanted to help them.”

The filming at Lulworth by High Command Productions was for Pitt’s latest movie called World War Z.

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7:08pm Mon 26 Nov 12

G0Rf says...

thats nice, lets hope he remembers to have the whip round when he gets back to LA
thats nice, lets hope he remembers to have the whip round when he gets back to LA G0Rf
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8:39pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Shoong says...

He'll claim it back on expenses.
He'll claim it back on expenses. Shoong
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9:40pm Mon 26 Nov 12

elvisimo says...

Shoong wrote:
He'll claim it back on expenses.
£700. Doubt he'd bother claiming that back. Well done to him. Nice touch
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: He'll claim it back on expenses.[/p][/quote]£700. Doubt he'd bother claiming that back. Well done to him. Nice touch elvisimo
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11:59pm Mon 26 Nov 12

DDP Unknown says...

Well done Brad. It's a cause close to my heart, I've seen first hand what the neonatal team do, its hard work, and they do a very good job. They saved my sons life. I can't thank them enough!
Well done Brad. It's a cause close to my heart, I've seen first hand what the neonatal team do, its hard work, and they do a very good job. They saved my sons life. I can't thank them enough! DDP Unknown
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4:30pm Tue 27 Nov 12

cantthinkofone says...

Brad Pitt - nett worth 2012, £93,500,000.

Now £93,499,300...
Brad Pitt - nett worth 2012, £93,500,000. Now £93,499,300... cantthinkofone
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