Following reports that Game of Thrones (GoT) star Kit Harington has attended a rehabilitation facility for the last month to seek treatment for exhaustion and alcohol usage, fans have shown their support for the star by donating to his favourite charity.
A die-hard GoT fan created a JustGiving account for the U.K. charity Royal Mencap Society that has already raised over AUD$62K out of a goal of AUD$80K.
Royal Mencap Society is a charity organisation that works with people with learning disabilities. Harington first endorsed the Society back in August 2017 as it is a cause near and dear to his heart.
“Kit Harington has given so much to the fans of Game of Thrones over the past decade playing the King in the North, Jon Snow. He absolutely nailed his performance and we loved every second of screentime we had with him,” the online fundraiser reads.
“This fundraiser is here to show Kit that we’re incredibly thankful to him for the sheer amount of love and skill he put into Jon Snow for us to enjoy.
“To show our gratitude, /r/Freefolk and other fans want to contribute to the charity Mencap, which Kit has been supporting for several years. Mencap supports people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives.”
The post also includes the following video from Kit which he once filmed to help support the charity.
Harington previously revealed he has a family member with a learning disability.
“My cousin Laurent is one of the 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK,” he said, according to the charity. “Growing up with Laurent I know that people with a learning disability have the same hopes and dreams for their lives as all young people do. However others are sometimes awkward and afraid when it comes to engaging with someone with a learning disability and that means they are often ignored and overlooked.”
Page Six reports the star sought treatment due to the stress of portraying Jon Snow in the fantasy series, and was feeling the immense weight of fan expectations leading up to the show’s finale.
Harington checked into Privé-Swiss facility in the US state of Connecticut where he has allegedly undergone treatment including cognitive behavioural therapy.
A friend of the star told Page Six that Harington’s wife, Rose Leslie, had given her former co-star her full support.
“Everyone close to him really wanted him to get some rest,” the friend is quoted as saying. “Right now, he just needs peace and quiet.”